The New Mexico State Legislature convenes in regular sessions on the third Tuesday in January each year. The Legislature meets for 60 days in odd-numbered years and 30 days in even-numbered years. Between regular sessions, legislators serve on interim committees that study a variety of issues.The Legislature is composed of a 70-member House of Representatives and a 42-member Senate. The members are unpaid for their legislative work, but do receive a daily living allowance for each day of official legislative work. Legislators are elected from districts of approximately equal population. Several counties with small populations may be combined to form a single district.

 

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2018 - NM House Memorial 14 - Pediatric Specialty Care Task Force Passed (no signature needed)

On February 10, 2018, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed a memorial requesting that the NM Pediatric Society convene a "Pediatric Specialty Care Task Force" to examine the availability of pediatric specialty services in the state and make recommendations for improving the system of medical care for children in New Mexico to ensure that care is integrated, equitable, efficient, cost-effective and family-centered. Read the full text of the memorial here.

 

2017 - NM Senate Bill 121 - No Conversion Therapy Signed by Governor

On April 7, 2017, Governor Martinez signed SB 101, which prohibits state-licensed mental health providers from engaging in so-called "conversion therapy" on LGBTQ youth. Read the sign-on letter sent to the governor by several child advocacy organizations about this bill here.

 

2017 – NM Senate Bill 175 – Medicaid Family Home Visiting Program Vetoed by Governor

On April 7, 2017, Governor Martinez vetoed SB 175, which would have allowed the state to expand home visiting programs with federal Medicaid funding. Home visiting programs improve health outcomes for children and prevent child abuse. The state Human Services Department, which administers Medicaid, has said they are willing to move forward with this issue administratively, so it may yet come to pass. This is the third time the governor has vetoed legislation to draw down matching Medicaid funds for home visiting. Read our media statement about the veto here.

 

2015 - NM Senate Bill 121 - Vaccine Purchase Act Signed by Governor

On March 21, 2015, Governor Martinez signed the bill which passed in the NM Legislature with bipartisan support. The legislation was sponsored by Senator Bill O'Neill and Representative Terry McMillan and passed unanimously by both chambers earlier in March. The legislation requires insurance companies to reimburse the Health Department for vaccines purchased for privately insured children. The department spends up to $12 million each year for this purpose. Companies would be required to report the number of children they cover to calculate their share of total costs. The bill received strong support from the provider community, including the New Mexico Medical Society, the New Mexico Pediatric Society, and the New Mexico Academy of Family Physicians.

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