Utility Relief and Affordability Bill Passes House

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   DATE: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 Contact: Babaak Parcham Email: Babaak.parcham@nmlegis.gov Cell: 505.302.5295   Utility Relief and Affordability Bill Passes House Addresses utility debts due to COVID-19 & long-term affordability of services   Santa Fe, N.M. – Legislation providing financially-struggling New Mexicans with COVID-19 relief on utility bills, including electricity, gas, water, […]

Bill to outlaw use of private prisons advances

When Hilaria Martinez’s husband was incarcerated at the privately run Otero County Prison Facility, she said he fell ill due to the conditions he was kept in. Martinez said the prison was kept so cold that her husband was shivering and given only a “baby size blanket” to try to keep warm. The food he […]

Two bills addressing paid sick leave will be rolled into one bill

After four hours of testimony on two bills that address paid sick leave, House Labor, Veterans and Military Affairs asked the sponsors of both bills to work to roll them into one. The two bills, HB 20  and HB 37, both mandate that employers in the state offer paid sick leave that employees would accrue over a […]

Paid leave bills hit speed bump at Roundhouse

The debate over mandatory paid employee leave hit the Legislature on Thursday, with workers saying the policy shift would allow them to stay home when sick and business groups describing it as a costly burden on already struggling establishments. After more than three hours of testimony and debate, the chairman of the House Labor, Veterans’ […]

Climate Solutions Act Seeks to Build Sustainable Economy

Hot on the tail of President Joe Biden’s announcement of climate change goals, the Climate Solutions Act has been filed in the New Mexico Legislature. House Bill 9 imagines a greener economic future for New Mexico – one that uses sustainable energy. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces) and Rep. Melanie […]

NCEL Recognizes Five State Legislators for their Dedication to Environmental Issues

On August 6, the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) recognized five state lawmakers for outstanding accomplishments on environmental issues. NCEL presented Georgia State Representative Park Cannon and New Mexico State Representative Angelica Rubio with the Rising Environmental Leader award. NCEL also presented Minnesota State Representative Rick Hansen, North Carolina State Representative Chuck McGrady, and […]

Tsunami of evictions coming across New Mexico

Though we’re nowhere near a coastline, a tsunami of evictions will soon flood our state. As of July 4, nearly 1 in 4 New Mexicans were unemployed, and without an immediate extension in the federal Pandemic Unemployment Insurance (PUI), which ends July 31, unfathomable economic and social devastation will begin to unfold. The federal PUI […]

‘Legiskative’ event supports new skate park

Nick Lassiter has a passion for skateboarding and a plan to help the City of Las Cruces fund and build a new facility for skateboarders. On Saturday, Feb. 9, he hosted an awareness event at the Las Cruces Skate Park, where District 3 City Councilor Gabe Vasquez announced that legislative funding has been approved to […]

Why New Mexico Elects More Women Of Color Than The Rest Of The Country

When Angelica Rubio was a little girl growing up near the border between New Mexico and Mexico, she had a dream that was both grand and circumscribed: She wanted to be governor of her state. “I grew up thinking about political power and what it meant — every year my family would watch the president’s […]

NM State Rep. Angelica Rubio travels by bike to Roundhouse

New Mexico Rep. Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces) embarked on a bike tour of southeast and eastern New Mexico heading to the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Her purpose was to bring attention to the needs of rural communities in New Mexico. Her journey began Jan. 11 in Las Cruces. She made stops in Alamogordo and Ruidoso […]

Las Cruces Democratic Rep. Angelica Rubio Launches Bike Tour to Roundhouse

Las Cruces N.M. – Today, bringing attention to the needs of New Mexico’s rural communities prior to the upcoming legislative session, Representative Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces) is riding to the Roundhouse on an “Outside the I” bike tour of southeast and eastern New Mexico. Here is a statement from the New Mexico House Democrats: The […]

Rep. Rubio is again biking to legislative session

State Rep. Angelica Rubio, D-Doña Ana, will travel to the 2020 session of the New Mexico Legislature on a bicycle, just as she did in 2019. Rubio will depart from Mainstreet Vintage Mercado, 300 N. Main St. downtown, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. Rubio hosted her final, full-length “Spill the Beans with Rep. Rubio” […]

Voice Of The Public: Outdoor Recreation And Equity Fund In New Mexico

On this episode of Voice of the Public we focus on outdoor recreation and the new outdoor equity fund in New Mexico. Our guests for this program are New Mexico State Representative Angelica Rubio, Ángel Peña, Board President with the Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project, and Patrick Nolan, Executive Director with Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert […]

State Representative Rubio Sponsors Bill Banning Private Prisons From Housing Migrants

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Democrats plan to try once again to ban privately run detention centers in the state from housing migrants. Democratic Rep. Angelica Rubio of Las Cruces recently introduced a bill that would prevent cities and counties from signing contracts with the private companies to house or detain immigrants. It […]

The great outdoors just became more accessible

New Mexico’s groundbreaking Outdoor Equity Fund is designed to make sure the great outdoors becomes more available, recognizing that the need to be in nature is a human right, not a lifestyle choice. Signed into law in the spring, the fund is moving quickly to fulfill its purpose, with the announcement last week that the […]