State of New Mexico
House of Representatives Santa Fé
D – Doña Ana District 35
P.O. Box 2155
Las Cruces, NM 88004 Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4227 Cell Phone: (575) 616-1151 E-mail: email@example.com
April 1, 2021 Dear Neighbor,
Chair: Transportation, Public Works & Capital Improvements
Labor, Veterans’ & Military Affairs
Following the recent conclusion of 2021 New Mexico State Legislative Session and the special session, I find myself reflecting on the past year. I have been working diligently to address the inequities that have been unveiled to so many of us through the global pandemic – included, but not limited to: housing rights, paid sick leave, affordable medication, and access to broadband and connectivity. So it is no surprise that when the House of Representatives decided to hold a virtual session for safety reasons, and limited the number of bills we could introduce due to the unique nature of the session, I was very intentional about the legislation I wanted to propose. My purpose was to make this platform as transformative as possible, not just for our community of District 35, which I am so proud to represent- but also transformational for the entire state of New Mexico.
In order to get there, we needed to formulate a framework to get everything done. The first thing was to create a mechanism for planning to not only diversify our economy from oil and gas, but which also looks towards a sustainable economy focused on other potential industries. In addition to energy jobs, which New Mexico has a plethora of, we must search for others—while focusing on frontline communities. Over the course of the session, I worked alongside the Senate Pro Tem, and helped advance what started the Sustainable Economy Task Force, which is now awaiting a signature from the Governor. This groundwork provides us fundamental opportunities to address other systemic issues facing our state.
Below is a list of legislation that I was proud to introduce. The majority of these bills are expected to make it to the governor’s desk, making this one of the most productive and transformative I’ve had so far:
HB3 — DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ACT HB9 — CLIMATE SOLUTIONS ACT
HB20 — HEALTHY WORKPLACES ACT
HB37 — PAID SICK LEAVE ACT
HB206 — UTILITY AFFORDABILITY & RELIEF ACT
HB214 — REPEAL MIN WAGE FOR DISABLED PERSONS HB271 — DEPOSIT OF CERTAIN FEES IN MOTOR TRANS FUND HB297 — WORKFORCE & ECONOMIC PROSPERITY ACT HB301 — LEGISLATIVE PROCESS REVIEW COMMISSION HB352 — PRIVATE DETENTION FACILITY MORATORIUM ACT HJR12 — PUBLIC OFFICER SALARY COMMISSION
HB 40 — PRIVATE DETENTION FACILITY MORATORIUM
HB111 — HOUSING DISCRIMINATION CHANGES
HB154 — PRESCRIPTION DRUG AFFORDABILITY ACT
HB192 — EXTEND HUMAN RIGHTS ACT TO PUBLIC BODIES SB112 — SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY TASKFORCE
I appreciate all of your support during the last four years, as I have served as your representative in Santa Fe. I recognize that we are facing many challenges, but I believe our opportunities outnumber any threats. We must all lean into our full potential, and not be afraid to take the chances necessary. Please reach out if you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns. While we might not always agree philosophically, I am always open to ideas.
State Representative, District 35