On Tuesday, while the New Mexico House of Representatives met for a floor session, it considered multiple Democrat bills, one of being H.B. 4, the so-called “Civil Rights Act” brought forth by Rep. Georgene Louis (D-Bernalillo), who is also a candidate for Congress in the First District.
According to the New Mexico House Republicans, “The bill is intended to address civil rights concerns in New Mexico, however, the bill will effectively expose every New Mexico government entity for lawsuits.”
During the debate over the bill, Rep. T. Ryan Lane (R-San Juan), an attorney, expressed his concerns over state legislators who are lawyers profiting off of H.B. 4. He offered an amendment declaring that a member of the Legislature who is a lawyer cannot represent claimants and profit off of H.B. 4 during service and three years following their departure from the Legislature. The House Speaker, Brain Egolf, refused to allow Lane to explain his amendment.
The amendment died on a party-line vote, showing that Democrats in the Legislature agree that lawyers serving in the body should be able to profit from claimants with the bill. On final passage of the anti-law enforcement legislation, it was approved on a mostly party-line vote of 39-29, with Democrat Reps. Willie Madrid (D-Chapparal), Derrick Lente (D-Rio Arriba, Sandoval and San Juan), Candie Sweetser (D-Deming), Susan Herrera (D-Rio Arriba, Santa Fe & Taos), and all Republican representatives rejecting it.
After the passage of the bill, the House Republicans released a statement, with Republican Whip Rod Montoya saying, “We are in a building guarded by State Police and National Guard, and this bill is a slap in the face to each and every one of them…. Why would anyone want to be in law enforcement in this state? It has to be difficult for our police to wake up every day to out-of-control crime and progressive lawmakers who are working overtime to make their jobs and lives miserable.”
“House Bill 4 puts every community and non-profit organization and their board members at great risk for lawsuits,” said House Republican Leader Jim Townsend. “The only group that has expressed significant support for HB 4 are the trial lawyers, who could have a significant windfall when the bill is enacted.”
Another piece of legislation, H.B. 54, brought forth by far-left Reps. Andrea Romero (D-Santa Fe) and Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe), aimed to regulate cosmetologists and barbers. Rep. Stefani Lord (R-Bernalillo, Sandoval & Santa Fe) proposed an amendment barring registered sex offenders and child molesters from cutting children’s hair. The amendment died on a party-line, revealing that Democrats support child predators and pedophiles touching children. Without the amendment, the bill would allow these predators to cut children’s hair.