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  • Writer's pictureSarah Smith

15 MIN TO HELP NM + Updates: Elections, Parents Rights, and More!

Dear New Mexicans, The NM Legislative Session ends on March 18th. Let's keep pushing hard for the next couple weeks to limit the damage.

We're Making an Impact

These three Bills have been successfully stopped:

  • SB171 - This Bill would have banned the purchase and transfer of suppressors, AR pistols, AK pistols, NFA Firearms, coated ammunition, and incendiary ammunition.

  • HB217 - This Bill would have allowed 16- and 17-year-olds to vote.

  • HB28 - This Bill would have made minimum wage increase with inflation, hurting small businesses and also resulting in fewer jobs.

During committee meetings, several legislators have mentioned the large number of emails/calls they are receiving. Even though some things are not going as we hoped, we ARE making an impact!

Current Calls to Action - Please Complete ALL of These Again

Many Bills have moved to different committees or branches of the legislature, so the legislators' contact info has been updated on these. That means we need you to please complete ALL of these again. This list will allow to QUICKLY and EASILY take action. Apologies that this is such a long list! Nonetheless, please do as much as you can! The future of our state is hanging in the balance right now.

  • URGENT: PASSED IN HOUSE, NOW IN SENATE - OPPOSE: HB4 - Election Changes - It allows convicted felons to vote immediately upon release (even if still on parole). It mandates increased use of drop boxes, and creates a permanent absentee voter list, completely eroding secure and verifiable absentee voting practices.

  • URGENT: PASSED IN HOUSE, NOW IN SENATE - OPPOSE: HB7 - Reproductive and Gender Affirming Health Care - This would strip municipalities of the right to restrict access to abortion and gender transitioning services, create legal enforcement mechanisms that will make moral objectors vulnerable to civil suits, and cut parents out of the process. For example, a school nurse could be seen as “interfering” with access to abortion or gender transitioning services if she were to call a parent regarding the student’s request to obtain these services; thus, bypassing parent involvement and/or awareness.

  • ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT - OPPOSE: SB 180 - Election Changes - This would substantially revise New Mexico’s election code including forcing counties to use internet-connected ‘poll books’ at voting locations (with no provision that these be secure, opening the door for potential hacking from outside sources), removing safeguards around having a minor serve on an election board, etc.

  • ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT - OPPOSE: SB116 - 21 Years Old to Purchase or Possess Firearms - This Bill would criminalize the ownership of firearms for 18-20-year-olds.

  • ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT - OPPOSE: HB9 - Unlawful Access by Minors to Firearms -

  • NEW - OPPOSE: SB13 - Reproductive Health Provider Protections -Turns NM into a national beacon for abortion & transgender procedures.

  • NEW - OPPOSE HB263 - Overdose Prevention Program - Would give drug users “safe spaces” where they can do illegal drugs under the supervision of a person who is trained to treat drug overdose. This will further encourage drug use in NM and make our problems worse.

  • OPPOSE: HB426 - Clean Fuel Standard - Will raise gas prices up to 80 cents per gallon -

  • OPPOSE: HB101 - Large Capacity Magazines and Assault Weapons - This bans magazines that hold more than 9 rounds (which includes most handguns!), classifies all semi-automatic guns as "assault weapons," allows existing semiautomatic weapons to only be allowed on private property, bans the sale of semi-automatic weapons, and bans the sale of .50 caliber ammunition.

  • OPPOSE HB100 - 14-Day Waiting Period for Firearm Sales -

  • OPPOSE HB238: Discharging Firearm in Dense Population Areas - This Bill will criminalize the discharge of a firearm in a “densely populated area” without exception for self-defense, shooting at an indoor shooting range, outdoor shooting range, or other legal use.

  • OPPOSE: SB218 - Socialized Utility Rates - Low-Income Public Utility Rates: This would force hard-working families struggling to pay their own bills to help pay for others’ utility bills!

  • OPPOSE: HB25 - Would Raise Minimum Wage to $16/Hour, leading to higher inflation and fewer jobs -

  • OPPOSE: SB11 - Family Medical Leave Act -

  • OPPOSE: Abortion Clinic in Las Cruces -

  • SUPPORT: HB110 - Voter ID Protection -

Your voice matters. Please send this on to like-minded people! Donations to support our work are gratefully accepted here: ---------------------- Thank you for ACTING NOW for the good of New Mexico, Sarah Smith, Karen Larré, and Melanie Rubin New Mexico Freedoms Alliance National Coalition for Health Integrity


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