Victories Today at the Roundhouse, With More to Come (Hopefully)!

Posted by Viki Harrison on February 8, 2016

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We Promise, Ethics is Coming!

So we know that we have been on the House floor calendar since Friday – that’s how it goes at the Roundhouse – nothing is in order! But we will be heard tomorrow during the afternoon/evening session.

So call your Representatives – you still have tomorrow morning to leave those messages and ask for their support of HJR5 to create an independent ethics commission in New Mexico.

Read more in the Albuquerque Journal:

Editorial: Bipartisan effort to bring ethics reform long overdue

Opinion: Create an independent ethics commission

Monday Movement for Voting

HB138 passed the House tonight 41-26! This fantastic legislation sponsored by Rep. Jeff Steinborn will allow 17 year olds to vote in primary elections if they will be 18 by the general election. Common Cause New Mexico has supported this for a few years and we want to see it pass this time.

Please contact your Senator and ask for their support. As soon as we have committee assignments and a hearing, we will let you know!

And Campaign Finance Fixes Continue

Finally, this afternoon in the House Appropriations and Finance committee, HB105 to improve our campaign finance system passed unanimously!

Rep. Jim Smith and the Secretary of State’s Election Director, Kari Fresquez, have been terrific as expert witnesses and answered a variety of questions from members of the committee. These fixes are critical to full transparency. Another one heads to the House floor!

Watch to learn what the bill will do to help New Mexicans follow the money, from KOB 4:

6 p.m. Feb. 8 story

10 p.m. Feb. 8 story

And business leaders want reforms, too!  Read more from KUNM News.

Office: Common Cause National, Common Cause New Mexico

Issues: Ethics, Ethics, Voting and Elections, Voting and Elections, Money in Politics, Money in Politics

Tags: Creating an Ethics Commission , State Ethics, Access to Voting , Count Every Vote New Mexico, Registration and Voting Systems, Disclosure Laws, Disclosure

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