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Legislative session draws to a close, three more bills head to governor's desk

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Dear Editor,

The New Mexico legislature will adjourn at 12 pm March 18.

Both the House of Representatives and State Senate are still debating bills and may also do so the morning of Feb. 18, so a few more bills may yet pass this Legislative Session.

See all the movement of our AFT NM-supported bills below:

MARCH 16...

Ensuring affordable prescription drugs for all

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Dear Editor,

The House Appropriations and Finance Committee has voted to table House Bill 51 - the Prescription Drug Affordability Board Act. With just a week left in the legislative session, tabling the bill effectively blocks the legislation from moving forward.

While we are disappointed in the result, we are more committed than ever to enacting meaningful reform. Too many New Mexicans are struggling to afford the medication they need, and we are heartened by the thousands of people across the state who have stood up to say ENOUGH, it is time to stop the profiteering of the big drug companies and ensure all of us have access to affordable medication.

We would also like to take a...

EA minimum salary heads to governor

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Dear Editor,

To close out the week, two important bills have made critical advances on their legislative path.

House Bill 127 now heads to Gov. Lujan Grisham for her signature and Senate Bill 521 heads to the N.M. House of Representatives for consideration.

MARCH 9

State Senate

Senate Bill 521, carried by Sens. Muñoz and Stewart, would add an additional 1% to the proposed salary increases to the FY ’24 budget. This would represent a 6% average increase in salary for the FY ’24 fiscal year. SB 521 explicitly states this additional 1% is an attempt to acknowledge both inflation and anticipated increased to healthcare costs.Senate Bill 521, carried by Sens. Muñoz and Stewart...

Letter to the Editor: Honoring Larry Casuse

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Dear Editor,

In 1973 there two were events that shook “Native America” to its core. The U.S. Government/Military Siege of Wounded Knee, South Dakota and the cold-blooded murder of a young Diné (Navajo) warrior named Larry Casuse, co-founder of Indians Against Exploitation, in Gallup. There was no “Community Conversation” then and the silence of “leadership” is complicity now. Alcohol is still illegal on the Navajo reservation.

Gallup earned the moniker “Drunktown, U.S.A.” after the ABC News Segment showed the world the unholy trinity still exists even after the tragic events 50 years ago. The Liquor Establishment (that Larry fought against), “Law Enforcement” and...

Letter to the Editor: Saving children’s lives by passing common-sense gun laws

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Dear Editor,

Over the past 70 years, we’ve done a great deal to make childhood less dangerous.

In the 1950s, children were protected from the last of the dreaded child-killing diseases with the development of the polio vaccine. In 1970, childhood poisonings were decreased when Congress required child resistant packaging on medications. By 1986, all 50 states had enacted laws requiring child car seats to protect children from what was then the number one killer of kids: automobile accidents. And in 1994, Congress passed the Child Safety Protection Act to require labels on toys that have parts small enough to pose a choking hazard.

We even have laws regulating the flammability of...

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