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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
, 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!

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

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

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Water planning bills being heard in committee today and Friday

Participants in the Centennial Town Hall ranked water planning their #1 recommendation. There are three bills on state and regional water planning being considered in hearings today and  one bill on Friday. New Mexico First will have representation at these hearings. Join us if you can!


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Early childhood bills moving steadily along

New Mexico schools are one step closer to continuing and expanding the K-3 Plus early childhood development program.  HB310 amends the public school code to change the programs’ eligibility. Under this bill, schools whose students are at the 80 percent poverty level or an elementary school graded D or F by the Public Education Department would be eligible for the program.  This week HB310 passed in the house 63-0.  The next stop for HB310 is the Senate.  
Similarly, SB365 and HB333 passed their first legislative committee hearings.  These bills would strengthen NM's home visiting efforts, which are a proven early childhood development strategy. The bill would require the Children, Youth and Families Department to adopt and disseminate rules by which the standards-based home visiting program will operate.  HB333 is expected to be heard next in the House Appropriations and Finance Committee, and SB365 is expected to be heard next in the Senate Finance Committee.  ..

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Energy planning memorial quickly moves through the legislature

There is a quick update on HJM8 the Electric Transmission Capacity Review memorial.  This week the memorial passed 62-1 in the house, and is now headed for the Senate Rules Committee. Kudos to the advocates of this bill.


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