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A bill to back and a bill to boo

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By Fred Nathan

Late Friday night, Think New Mexico’s legislation to prohibit political contributions from lobbyists and government contractors (House Bill 118) was approved by the House Judiciary Committee, after having passed the House Voters and Elections Committee the previous week. With public support, the bill will continue through the legislative process.

Many people testified in favor of the bill during the committee hearings, including representatives of Common Cause New Mexico, the League of Women Voters New Mexico, and both labor (the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) and business (the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce).

In an unprecedented move, all the living former governors of New Mexico have come together to endorse House Bill 118, because they recognize the importance and the urgency of these reforms.

There is less than one week left in the session, so now is the time to let your legislators know that you support this effort.


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