Senate Approves Feed Bill

STATE OF NEW MEXICO
New Mexico Senate

SENATE APPROVES BILL TO FUND THE 2013 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

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Contact: Arnold Vigil, (505) 986-4263

The Senate on Thursday morning unanimously approved House Bill 1, a proposed $24 million measure that will fund the 60-day 2013 Legislative Session as well as the fiscal-year 2014 operating budgets of the Legislative Council Service, the Legislative Finance Committee, the Legislative Education Study Committee, as well as the chief clerk offices of the Senate and House of Representatives.

Senator Arthur Smith, (D) Deming, says the feed bill went to a “committee of the whole” floor vote because the members of the Senate Finance Committee, which usually examines the measure before it reaches the floor, had not been officially announced yet. The Senate’s Committees’ Committee, whose members were announced during the morning session by newly elected President Pro-Tem Mary Kay Papen, (D) Dona Ana, was scheduled to announce this year’s final committee selections on Thursday afternoon.

Senator Smith said that the 2013 feed bill represented a 3.2 percent increase from the last 60-day feed bill that funded the 2011 Legislative Session. The increase was necessary mostly because of increased insurance premiums and pension payments, Senator Smith said. About $23.6 million of the funding will come from the General Fund and $400,000 will be taken from cash reserves.

The Senate’s quick approval mirrored the recommendations of the House, which sent their approved version of the bill to the Senate on Wednesday afternoon. The jointly approved bill is awaiting the governor’s signature.

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Senate Annouces Committee Assignments

STATE OF NEW MEXICO
New Mexico Senate
For immediate release
Contact: Arnold Vigil (505) 986-4263

SENATE ANNOUNCES 2013 COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

The Senate Committees’ Committee, chaired by newly elected President Pro-Tem
Mary Kay Papen, (D) Dona Ana, District 38, announced the following assignments
of Senators to the standing committees of the body on Thursday afternoon.

Conservation Committee
Meets Tuesdays, Thursdays, 2:30 p.m., Room 311

Chairman: Senator Peter Wirth, (D) Santa Fe, District 25; Vice Chairman: Senator
Benny Shendo Jr., (D) Bernalillo, McKinley, Rio Arriba, San Juan, Sandoval, District
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Members: Senator Phil Griego, (D) Bernalillo, Lincoln, San Miguel, Santa Fe,
Torrance, Valencia, District 39; Senator Richard C. Martinez, (D) Los Alamos, Rio
Arriba, Sandoval, Santa Fe, District 5; Senator Michael Padilla, (D) Bernalillo,
District 14; Senator William H. Payne, (R) Bernalillo, District 20; Senator John C.
Ryan, (R) Bernalillo, Sandoval, District 10; Senator William E. Sharer, (R) San Juan,
District 1; Senator William Soules, (D) Dona Ana, District 37; Senator Pat Woods,
(R) Curry, Quay, Union, District 7

Corporations and Transportation Committee
Meets 2 p.m.: Mondays, Room 303; Wednesdays, Fridays, Room 311

Chairman: Senator Phil Griego, (D) Bernalillo, Lincoln, San Miguel, Santa Fe,
Torrance, Valencia, District 39; Vice Chairman: Senator Clemente Sanchez, (D)
Cibola, Socorro, McKinley, Valencia, District 30Members: Senator Joseph Cervantes, (D) Dona Ana, District 31; Senator Lee S.
Cotter, (R) Dona Ana, District 36; Senator Timothy M. Keller, (D) Bernalillo, District
17; Senator Mark Moores, (R) Bernalillo, District 21; Senator Michael Padilla, (D)
Bernalillo, District 14; Sander Rue, (R) Bernalillo, District 23; Senator John M.
Sapien, (D) Bernalillo, Sandoval, District 9; Senator William E. Sharer, (R) San Juan,
District 1

Education Committee
Meets Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 8 a.m., Room 311

Chairman: Senator John M. Sapien, (D) Bernalillo, Sandoval, District 9; Vice
Chairman: Senator William Soules, (D) Dona Ana District 37
Members: Senator Craig Brandt, (R) Sandoval, District 40; Senator Lee S. Cotter,
(R) Dona Ana, District 36; Senator Gay G. Kernan, (R) Chaves, Eddy, Lea, District
42; Senator Bill B. O’Neill, (D) Bernalillo, District 13; President Pro-Tem Mary Kay
Papen, (D) Dona Ana, District 38; Senator John Pinto, (D) McKinley, San Juan,
District 3; Senator Pat Woods, (R) Curry, Quay, Union, District 7

Finance Committee
Meets Mondays through Saturdays, 1:30 p.m., Room 322

Chairman: Senator John Arthur Smith, (D) Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Luna, Sierra, District
35; Vice Chairman: Senator Carlos R. Cisneros, (D) Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa
Fe, Taos, District 6
Members: Senator Sue Wilson Beffort, (R) Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe,
Torrance, District 19; Senator William F. Burt, (R) Chaves, Lincoln, Otero, District
33; Senator Pete Campos, (D) Colfax, Guadalupe, Harding, Mora, Quay, San
Miguel, Santa Fe, Taos, District 8; Senator Carroll H. Leavell, (R) Eddy, Lea, District
41; Senator Howie C. Morales, (D) Catron, Grant, Socorro, District 28; Senator
George K. Munoz, (D) Cibola, McKinley, San Juan, District 4; Senator Steven P.
Neville, (R) San Juan, District 2; Senator Nancy Rodriguez, (D) Santa Fe, District 24

Indian & Cultural Affairs Committee
Meets Tuesdays, Thursdays, 8 a.m., Room 303Chairman: Senator John Pinto, (D) McKinley, San Juan, District 3; Vice Chairman:

Senator Cisco McSorley (D) Bernalillo, District 16
Members: Senator Stuart Ingle, (R) Chaves, Curry, De Baca, Lea, Roosevelt,
District 27; President Pro-Tem Mary Kay Papen, (D) Dona Ana, District 38; Senator
Cliff R. Pirtle, (R) Chaves, Eddy, Otero, District 32; Senator Benny Shendo Jr., (D)
Bernalillo, McKinley, Rio Arriba, San Juan, Sandoval, District 22; Senator Lisa A.
Torraco, (R) Bernalillo, District 18

Judiciary Committee
Meets Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 2:30 p.m., Room 321

Chairman: Senator Richard C. Martinez, (D) Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval,
Santa Fe, District 5; Vice Chairman: Senator Joseph Cervantes, (D) Dona Ana,
District 31
Members: Senator Ron Griggs, (R) Dona Ana, Eddy, Otero, District 34; Senator
Linda Lopez, (D) Bernalillo, District 11; Senator Cisco McSorley (D) Bernalillo,
District 16; Senator William H. Payne, (R) Bernalillo, District 20; Senator John C.
Ryan, (R) Bernalillo, Sandoval, District 10; Majority Floor Leader Michael S.
Sanchez, (D) Bernalillo, Valencia, District 29; Senator Lisa A. Torraco, (R) Bernalillo,
District 18; Senator Peter Wirth, (D) Santa Fe, District 25

Public Affairs Committee
Meets 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Room 321; Fridays, Room 303

Chairman: Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino, (D) Bernalillo, District 12; Vice Chairman:
Senator Bill B. O’Neill, (D) Bernalillo, District 13
Members: Senator Craig Brandt, (R) Sandoval, District 40; Senator Jacob R.
Candelaria, (D) Bernalillo, District 26; Senator Ron Griggs, (R) Dona Ana, Eddy,
Otero, District 34; Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto, (D) Bernalillo, District 15; Senator
Timothy M. Keller, (D) Bernalillo, District 17; Senator Gay G. Kernan, (R) Chaves,
Eddy, Lea, District 42

Rules Committee
Meets 8 a.m., Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Room 321

Chairman: Senator Linda Lopez, (D) Bernalillo, District 11; Vice Chairman: Senator
Daniel Ivey-Soto, (D) Bernalillo, District 15
Members: Senator Jacob R. Candelaria, (D) Bernalillo, District 26; Senator Stuart
Ingle, (R) Chaves, Curry, De Baca, Lea, Roosevelt, District 27; Senator Mark
Moores, (R) Bernalillo, District 21; Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino, (D) Bernalillo,
District 12; Senator Cliff R. Pirtle, (R) Chaves, Eddy, Otero, District 32; Sander Rue,
(R) Bernalillo, District 23; Senator Clemente Sanchez, (D) Cibola, Socorro,
McKinley, Valencia, District 30; Majority Floor Leader Michael S. Sanchez, (D)
Bernalillo, Valencia, District 29

Committees’ Committee
Meets at Call of the President Pro-Tem

Chairman: President Pro-Tem Mary Kay Papen, (D) Dona Ana, District 38. Vice
Chairman: Majority Floor Leader Michael S. Sanchez, (D) Bernalillo, Valencia,
District 29
Members: Senator Pete Campos, (D) Colfax, Guadalupe, Harding, Mora, Quay,
San Miguel, Santa Fe, Taos, District 8; Senator Carlos R. Cisneros, (D) Los Alamos,
Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, Taos, District 6; Senator Stuart Ingle, (R) Chaves, Curry, De
Baca, Lea, Roosevelt, District 27; Senator Timothy M. Keller, (D) Bernalillo, District
17; Senator George K. Munoz, (D) Cibola, McKinley, San Juan, District 4; Senator
William H. Payne, (R) Bernalillo, District 20; Senator Clemente Sanchez, (D) Cibola,
Socorro, McKinley, Valencia, District 30; Senator William E. Sharer, (R) San Juan,
District 1; Senator John Arthur Smith, (D) Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Luna, Sierra, District
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Senate Calendar January 17, 2013

STATE OF NEW MEXICO
FIFTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE
FIRST SESSION, 2013
SENATE CALENDAR
Thursday, January 17, 2013 THIRD LEGISLATIVE DAY
Senate Convenes at10:00 a.m.

  • Senatorial committee assignments will be announced today.
  • Senate Finance Committee will hear HB 1, otherwise known as the Feed Bill, which passed the House and was sent over to the Senate on Wednesday, January 16, 2013; hearing time will be announced on floor. This bill funds the Legislative Session. (http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/13%20Regular/bills/house/HB0001.html)

ROLL CALL
PRAYER
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
READING OF THE JOURNAL
INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION:
A. Bills
B. Joint Resolutions
C. Resolutions
D. Joint Memorials
E. Memorials
MESSAGES FROM THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
MESSAGES FROM THE GOVERNOR
REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS
THIRD READING OF LEGISLATION
BUSINESS ON PRESIDENT’S TABLE:
(1) SENATE JOINT MEMORIAL 2 NM SPEECH-LANGUAGE & HEARING ASSOCIATION DAY (PAPEN)
(2) SENATE JOINT MEMORIAL 3 “BETTER HEARING & SPEECH MONTH” (PAPEN)
(3) SENATE JOINT MEMORIAL 7 “COLONIAS DAY AT THE LEGISLATURE” (PAPEN)(4) SENATE JOINT MEMORIAL 8 “HEALTH CARE ADVANCE DIRECTIVE DAY” (ORITZ y PINO)
(5) SENATE MEMORIAL 1 “MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS DAY IN THE SENATE” (CANDELARIA)

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Senate Calendar January 16, 2012

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FIFTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE
FIRST SESSION, 2013

SENATE CALENDAR

January 16, 2013 1ST LEGISLATIVE DAY
Wednesday
Senate Convenes at 10:00 a.m.

ROLL CALL

PRAYER

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

READING OF THE JOURNAL

INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION:
A. Bills
B. Joint Resolutions
C. Resolutions
D. Joint Memorials
E. Memorials

MESSAGES FROM THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

MESSAGES FROM THE GOVERNOR

REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS

THIRD READING OF LEGISLATION:

BUSINESS ON PRESIDENT’S TABLE:
(1) SENATE JOINT MEMORIAL 2 NM SPEECH-LANGUAGE & HEARING ASSOCIATION DAY (PAPEN)
(2) SENATE JOINT MEMORIAL 3 “BETTER HEARING & SPEECH MONTH” (PAPEN)
(3) SENATE JOINT MEMORIAL 7 “COLONIAS DAY AT THE LEGISLATURE” (PAPEN)

Senate Floor Calendar for January 16, 2013

Democrats Select Mary Kay Papen as President Pro-Tem

STATE OF NEW MEXICO
New Mexico Senate
DEMOCRATS SHOW UNITY
BY ELECTING MARY KAY PAPEN

For Immediate Release
Contact: Angie Poss

SANTA FE – In a bold, historic exhibition of solidarity, the New Mexico Senate Democratic Caucus selected Senator Mary Kay Papen (Dona Ana) as their new Senate Pro Tempore during opening day of the 2013 Legislative Session, making her just the second woman in the state’s history to hold that position.

The senators also unanimously re-elected Senator Michael S. Sanchez (Valencia, Bernalillo), as Majority Floor Leader, Senator Tim Keller (Bernalillo) as Majority Whip, and Senator Jacob Candelaria (Bernalillo) as Caucus Chair.

Just minutes after the noontime opening of the Session, the Senate Chamber filled to standing room only, as hundreds gathered to hear what many believed would be a contested vote for the leadership position.

Senator Pete Campos (Colfax, Guadalupe, Harding, Mora, Quay, San Miguel, Santa Fe, & Taos) was also in the running for President ProTem. The much anticipated selection, which was enacted by acclamation, instead, unified the Democratic Caucus.

Members of the Democratic Caucus are determined to gain legislative bi-partisan cooperation to work toward improving the state’s economyand stimulate jobs growth, take the steps to restore the solvency of the state’s pension funds, and come to a sensible solution to the issuing of driver’s licenses to undocumented citizens, among many other important
issues.

Campos’ motion was seconded by Majority Whip Tim Keller. Papen then thanked her colleagues and expressed her desire to unify the Senate and continue working as a “family.”

The historic move made senators Campos and Keller the first in recent New Mexico history to utter the words “Madam President,” to refer to the President Pro-Tem. Louise H Coe served held the leadership post from 1935-1940 during the 12th through 14th Legislatures.

“It is time to work in unison, the Senate is a leader in passing legislation,” Campos said while nominating Papen. “We are united and our focus, our priority, is to serve the people.

“I love this institution and I love each and every one of you.”

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Legendary Former Senator Tim Jennings Bids Adieu

State of New Mexico

NEW MEXICO SENATE

LEGENDARY FORMER SENATOR TIM JENNINGS BIDS ADIEU

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Contact: Arnold Vigil, (505) 986-4263

Senator Tim Jennings

Senator Tim Jennings

In an emotional and sometimes teary-eyed farewell that decried “hate” in politics, former Senator Tim Jennings presided over his last committee hearing on Monday morning at the Roundhouse, culminating an illustrious 34-year senatorial career that saw him hold nearly every leadership position in the New Mexico State Senate.

Jennings, who lost his longtime Roswell seat in a hotly contested and high-profile race to incoming freshman Senator Cliff Pirtle, (R) District 32, presided over the joint Legislative Council meeting that approved a $134,000 appropriation to the Department of Public Safety to finance security for the duration of the 60-day 2013 Legislative Session.

Just before the meetings attention turned to Jennings’ tenure, Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez, (D) District 29, also praised the work and legislative career of former Dona Ana County Senator Mary Jane Garcia.

“She represented her district with heart and soul,” Senator Sanchez said. “To Mary Jane Garcia, we want to thank her.”

After the only actual order of business during the meeting and Garcia’s recognition, Jennings turned the floor over to representatives from the House, fellow senators and people in the audience who both praised and roasted him in heartfelt farewells.

“It’s been a great ride,” an emotional Jennings said. “This is one huge family and I hope you all make sure it stays that way.

“We’re not here for the party; we’re here for the people.”

Jennings also alluded to the well-financed campaign waged against him by Governor Susana Martinez and her consultant Jay McCleskey, who runs Reform New Mexico. “We’ve got to figure out a meaningful way to stop the hate. It needs to stop. It’s not part of democracy.”

The Roswell area rancher was one of many legislators targeted by Reform New Mexico during the last election, in which Governor Martinez and her supporters became personally and publicly involved in many individual campaigns, something no other sitting governor has ever done in the history of the state. Jennings was the target of many mudslinging ads and his campaign was forced to take the defensive in the campaign.

The race turned into one of the most expensive legislative races in New Mexico history and Jennings said he hoped that in the future, such district races would be decided by the a district’s constituents and not big out-of-state money.

Jennings said he would still come around the Capitol, but did not say whether he would try to regain his seat in the future. Jennings held nearly every Senate leadership, including Senate President Pro-tem, Majority Leader, and Senate Whip. He joked that he arrived in Santa Fe a fresh 24-year-old from the Chaves County Commission with braces and a dog.

“We’re not all the same, but under the Constitution, we’re all the same” Jennings said in some of his closing comments. “We should all know the differences between the House and the Senate and when to separate powers, and when to stand up to the governor and to the judiciary.

“You must stand up for the body you represent.”

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Beleaguered Workforce Solutions Computer System Releases Personal Information

State of New Mexico

New Mexico Senate

Beleaguered Workforce Solutions Computer System

Releases Personal Information

NMDWSlogoWebSanta Fe—The Department of Workforce Solutions’ new unemployment insurance automated computer system is being lauded by Governor Martinez, but it is causing numerous problems for businesses and individuals. Workforce Solutions Secretary Celina Bussey’s administration acknowledges that the helpline was flooded with 180,000 calls from 17,000 people since Wednesday. Although it was also difficult for businesses to get through to the department, poor communication from the department actually ranks low on the list of concerns for some
businesses.

Brett Newberry, president of Newberry and Associates LTE in Gallup, says that the state system erroneously sent his company the social security number and last name of an individual who never worked there. Newberry, who is also a CPA, says the new $45 million system, which just recently went online and was paid for with federal money, also has database issues; it is using maiden names for workers who’ve been married for up to 10 years.

Additionally, Newberry says the system isn’t user-friendly; it took his experienced Information Technology person more than four hours to configure. He also said the system was incompatible with QuickBooks software, a popular accounting system used by many businesses. And while his Creative Solutions accounting software is touted to be compatible with the new state system, he is still unable to upload the company’s data after many attempts.

“As a businessman and elected official, I am trying to adhere to the law,” comments State Senator George Munoz, (D) Cibola, McKinley and San Juan-4, adding that he is very concerned
by the problems Newberry and others are experiencing. “But the difficulties at Workforce Solutions are preventing me and others from doing that.”

Obviously, there are privacy and identity-theft issues if the new system is also releasing sensitive information, Munoz says. The individual whose personal information was given away has no idea it is occurring.

While these are the problems of just one business; it is unclear how widespread such problems are throughout the state. The issues of the new unemployment insurance system are catching the attention of other members of the Legislature.

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