New Mexico First Blog

We need your help to bring reliable, high-speed broadband in all regions of the state

In 2012, New Mexico First facilitated the Statewide Broadband Summit on behalf of the New Mexico State Library. The recommendations from the summit led to a strategic planning project that will help bring reliable, high-speed broadband to all regions of the state.  New Mexico First is partnering with the New Mexico Department of Information Technology in this planning process.   ..

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Governor Martinez signs New Mexico First supported bills!

New Mexico First is thrilled to announce that Governor Susana Martinez has signed the following bills that are part of our Centennial Town Hall and the STEM Action Planning Summit legislative agenda. Please click on the individual bill links below to view the final signed version of each bill.  ..

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2013 Legislative Victories!

Thanks to our hard-working co-chairs Governor Toney Anaya and Edward Lujan, we had some major wins in the 2013 legislative session. Most of these items still need the governor’s signature. New Mexico First’s legislative platform was solely based on the Centennial Town Hall and the STEM Action Planning Summit..

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Nominate someone for the 2013 Spirit of Bipartisanship Award

The 2013 Spirit of Bipartisanship Award honors lawmakers or community leaders who have put good policy above partisan politics! Nominate a leader you think is a role model for cross-party collaboration in areas such as health, education, economy or environment. Your nominee can work at state, local or federal levels.
 
Use our quick online form to nominate someone now!
 
You can recommend an individual or – better yet – a duo! Many of our past awardees are nominated as a pair – a democrat and republican who worked together to make a difference in New Mexico.

Nominations Deadline: April 16, 2013


Awardees will be announced at the 2013 First Forum, a tribute to retired Senator Jeff Bingaman.
 
When: June 21, 6:30-9:00 pm
What: Reception and Program
Where: National Hispanic Cultural Center
Cost: $35 per ticket  ..

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New Mexico First supported bills heard in committees today; others already on the senate and house floor awaiting a vote; victories to come

Economic Development
HB76
, the economic development bill on Mainstreet in frontier communities, is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Public Affairs Committee (3/12/13) today.
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Energy and peer substance abuse prevention memorials almost there; but we need your help during the final stretch!

Call to Action!

HJM8, the memorial that would establish an energy planning committee, passed the Senate Rules Committee.  It is now in the Senate Conservation Committee.  We need to see this memorial go to the Senate floor for final action.  Please call policymakers on the Senate Conservation Committee and tell them that HJM8 deserves a Senate vote! HJM8 has already passed the House, so we’re almost there! Click on the link for the contact information for the Senate Conservation Committee members or use their emails below. ..

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Legislative Updates

HB310 the early childhood program eligibility bill passed the Senate Education Committee and has now moved to the Senate Public Affairs Committee.
HB333 the early childhood visiting bill passed in the House (62-0) and have now moved to the Senate Public Affairs Committee.
SB365 the early childhood visiting bill passed in the Senate (39-0) and is now assigned to the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee and scheduled for a hearing on 3-7-13.
HB67 passed in the House and has been assigned to the Senate Education Committee.
SB234 the New Mexico chile advertising act violations passed Senate Judiciary Committee and is now scheduled for a vote in the Senate.  ..

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Latest updates on New Mexico First supported bills

SB319 the manufacturing single sales factor bill passed Senate Corporations & Transportation Committee and has now moved to the Senate Finance Committee. ..

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Economic development program gets hearing tomorrow

Tomorrow HB76, the main street frontier communities program, will be heard in House Appropriations & Finance Committee.  New Mexico MainStreet Program is a grassroots economic development program that assists communities in revitalizing their traditional commercial neighborhoods. MainStreet works throughout NM to help affiliated downtown organizations create an economically viable business environment while preserving local cultural and historic resources.  HB76 would appropriate $100,000 from the general fund to the MainStreet Program of the Economic Development Department.    ..

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New Mexico First supported bills are steadily moving through the legislature

A lot has happened in the last few days!

HB238
would expand the chile advertising act. It passed the House 69-0 and now moves on to the Senate Conservation Committee.

HB310
on K-3+ program eligibility passed the House 63-0 and now moves on to the Senate Education Committee.
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