LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY AND AWARDS
- Spirit of NM Award — Chinese American Citizens Alliance for support in commemorating the historic civil rights case Territory of NM v. Yee Shun for 2018
- Spirit of Bi-Partisanship Award – NM First for 2017
- Chairman’s Award of Excellence – Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce for 2017
- Start to Finish Award – Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce for 2017
- Awesome Support Award – Folds of Honor for 2016 (Folds of Honor provides scholarships to spouses and children of fallen and disabled service members)
- E for Effort Award – Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce for 2016
- Best in Government Rookies – Common Cause for 2015
I have voted for laws providing transparent and good government, public safety, improvements in education and job creation. Below are specific legislative proposals that I sponsored or co-sponsored in prior legislative sessions. As you will see, I have worked with legislators from both parties in the House and Senate chambers.
CANCER SURVIVORSHIP PROGRAM FUNDING (2018)
A bipartisan, co-sponsored bill was created to return funding to cancer survivors programs. The bill passed unanimously in its first committee but did not receive additional committee hearings.
ANIMAL VIOLENCE/FAMILY VIOLENCE TRAINING (2018)
This bipartisan, joint memorial encourages training in the Children Youth and Family Department (CYFD) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to recognize the 75% correlation between animal abuse and family violence. The memorial passed unanimously in the House and was on the Senate floor when time ran out. I am working with CYFD and DPS, and I am encouraged that this training will be implemented.
ELECTION REFORM (2017)
I co-sponsored a bill to reduce on-line campaign contribution fraud. The bill was passed and signed by the Governor.
ETHICS COMMISSION (2017)
The legislature last year passed the joint resolution I co-sponsored to establish an Ethics Commission. There was strong support from a bi-partisan coalition of co-sponsoring legislators. The joint resolution will be on the 2018 General Election ballot for voter approval. With voter approval the Ethics Commission will be in our state constitution so the commission cannot be dissolved by simple legislative action. The legislature had been talking about establishing an Ethics Commission for over 20 years.
DWI SENTENCING ENHANCEMENT (2017)
This bill would close a legal gap in our Habitual Offender Sentencing law. Currently it takes four DWI convictions before DWI offenses become a 4th Degree Felony, but our judges cannot use DWI felony convictions for sentencing habitual felony offenders. My bill would have allowed our judges to use the DWI felony convictions.
I have introduced this legislation three times. In 2017, the bill died in House Consumer and Public Affairs. In 2016, the bill passed the House 49-16 and died in Senate Judiciary without a vote. In 2015, the bill died in House Judiciary without a vote.
PROTECTING OUR PRIVACY (2017)
In 2017, I co-sponsored a bill with Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, Democrat, Santa Fe County. This legislation would require New Mexico law enforcement agencies to obtain the proper warrants and orders before they can access your computer, cell phone, or other electronic devices. The bill passed unanimously in the House and Senate but was vetoed by Governor Susana Martinez.
LOBBYIST BILL (2017)
In 2017 I co-sponsored a bill with Representative Joanne Ferrary, Democrat, Doña Ana County and Representative Nathan Small, Democrat, Doña Ana County. The bill would have prohibited former state officials from being compensated lobbyists for one year after leaving government. In a 2015 poll 82% of New Mexican voters supported a “cooling off” proposal for government officials. The bill passed the House 58-2 and passed two Senate committees until it ran out of time for a vote on the Senate floor.
CURRENT COMMITTEES (2017)
House of Representatives Session Committees:
Rules and Order of Business
Military and Veterans’ Affairs
Courts, Corrections and Justice
Criminal Justice Reform Subcommittee