This year Indivisible SOS has had solid successes at the state and national levels.
We supported Representative Melanie Stansbury in her successful campaign for New Mexico’s 1st congressional district, replacing Deb Haaland, who became Secretary of the Interior in the Biden administration.
For the first time we focused on the New Mexico legislative session. Our group organized teams to work on the issues that we identified as most important and have been gratified with many of the results.
- Senate Bill 75 repealed the New Mexico statute that criminalized abortion in 1969, ensuring that abortion in the state will remain legal even if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. In light of the recent near ban on abortion in Texas and the Supreme Court ruling that followed, allowing the law to stand during appeal, we are even more appreciative of the New Mexico legislative action.
- House Bill 4 creates the “New Mexico Civil Rights Act,” which gives a person who claims deprivation of “rights, privileges or immunities” secured by the New Mexico Constitution the right to sue in state district court and recover actual damages and injunctive relief. The Act prohibits a public body, or those acting on the public body’s behalf who are sued under the Act, from using “qualified immunity” as a defense.
- Roxy’s Law, also known as the Wildlife Conservation and Public Safety Act (Senate Bill 32), bans the use of traps (including leghold, body-gripping and cage traps), snares and poisons on public lands in New Mexico.
- The Elizabeth Whitefield End-of-Life Options Act (House Bill 47), allows those suffering a terminal illness with six months or less to live to request prescription medication from a healthcare provider that they could use if they decide to end their own life.
- House Bill 20, the Healthy Workplaces Act, requires that employees accrue at least one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, though employers may elect to provide more. The Act goes into effect July 1, 2022, guaranteeing paid sick leave to New Mexico workers, the importance of which has been magnified during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- House Bill 291 expands the Working Families Tax Credit in New Mexico to taxpayers without Social Security numbers and those under 18 years of age and it increases the value of the credit.
- The New Mexico Legislature allocated $575,000 to the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance for the planning and design of the Health Security Plan and the design phase is moving forward. The plan is an approach that shifts private insurance to a secondary role, just as Medicare did for the over-65 population many years ago.