Special session success!!!
Thank you for your advocacy!!!
The New Mexico Legislature ended a special session this afternoon after passing several bills that will help people living in poverty in our state! These bills were part of the package of legislation that Gov. Richardson asked the legislature to consider during the special session. These bills, listed below, addressed several issues that are included in the ECAN Early Childhood Agenda.
- HB 7 (Rep. Rhonda King) allows the use of $7.2 million from Temporary Assistance to Needy Families block grant fund to be used to restore child care assistance eligiblity to 200% of the federal poverty level and to avoid a waiting list for child care assistance. We have been working toward this goal since August of 2001.
- HB 4 (Rep. Ed Sandoval) increases the Working Families Tax Credit from 8% to 10% of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). This increased appropriation of $7.8 million for the state tax credit builds on the very successful federal EITC
- SB 21 (Sen. Richard Martinez) provides an additional $1.9 million for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help low-income people with their heating bills.
- SB 22 (Sen. Mary Jane Garcia) provides $20 million to enroll more currently eligible children in Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program; $10 million to enroll more individuals with developmental disabilities in the medicaid waiver program; and $2.5 million for direct behavioral health services for children.
Please call or write Gov Richardson (505.476.2200 or email) and the following legislators to thank them for their leadership in passing these important bills that will help people living in poverty in New Mexico.
Senate President Pro Tem: Sen. Tim Jennings
P.O. Box 1797, Roswell 88202
Home: (575) 623-9378
Senate Majority Leader: Sen. Michael Sanchez
3 Bunton Road, Belen 87002
Home: (505) 865-5583
Senate Minority Leader: Sen. Stuart Ingle
2106 West University Drive, Portales 88130
Home: (575) 356-3088
Speaker Ben Lujan
05 Entrada Celedon Y Nestora, Santa Fe 87506
Home: (505) 455-3354
House Majority Leader: Rep. Ken Martinez
P.O. Box 730, Grants 87020
Home: (505) 285-6421
House Minority Leader: Rep. Thomas Taylor
5909 Rinconada, Farmington 87402
Home: (505) 325-9828
Sen. John Arthur Smith
P.O. Box 998, Deming 88031
Home: (575) 546-8546
Rep. Henry “Kiki” Saavedra
2838 2nd St. SW, Albuquerque 87102
Home: (505) 242-9582
Rep. Luciano “Lucky” Varela
1709 Callejon Zenaida, Santa Fe 87501
Home: (505) 982-1292
Rep. Rhonda S. King
P.O. Box 6, Stanley 87056
Home: (505) 832-4603
Sen. Linda Lopez
9132 Suncrest NW, Albuquerque 87121
Home: (505) 831-4148
Rep. Ed Sandoval
5016 12 st. St. NW, Albuquerque 87107
Home: (505) 344-8449
Sen. Richard Martinez
P.O. Box 762, Espanola 87532
Home: (505) 753-8027
Sen. Mary Jane Garcia
P.O. Box 22, Dona Ana 88032