On Friday, it was revealed that Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) and the radical House Democrats, desperate to push scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s agenda cross the finish line, will be attempting to amend S.B. 144, a previously two-page bill that passed the senate regarding the intimidation of election workers.
The amendments would install radical pro-election fraud language contained in S.B. 8 to S.B. 144 despite the purpose and title of the bill being different than the proposed amendments — a violation of House rules. The amendments would be worse than the provisions in S.B. 8. Despite S.B. 8’s provisions being added to S.B. 144, S.B. 8 will be heard on the Senate floor at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. It is the first agenda item. Contact key senators to stop S.B. 8 before the vote:
- Senator George Munoz: firstname.lastname@example.org (505) 986-4371
- Senator Pete Campos: email@example.com (505) 986-4311
- Senator Cervantes firstname.lastname@example.org , (505) 986-4861
- Senator Duhigg: email@example.com, (505) 986-4726
- Senator McKenna: firstname.lastname@example.org (505) 986-4301
- Senator Candelaria: (505) 986-4380, email@example.com
- Senator Pope: firstname.lastname@example.org, (505) 986-4365
- Senator Tallman: email@example.com, (505) 986-4373
- Senator Shendo: firstname.lastname@example.org, (505) 986-4310
- Senator Hickey: email@example.com, (505) 986-4513
According to the title page of the amendments, it includes“REPEALING AND REPLACING THE REGISTRATION AT VOTING LOCATION PRIOR TO VOTING PROVISIONS; PROVIDING THAT INMATES ARE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE AND REGISTER TO VOTE UPON RELEASE AND CONFORMING A PROVISION RELATING TO RESTORATION OF RIGHTS; REVISING PROVISIONS RELATING TO MONITORED SECURED CONTAINERS; CLARIFYING PROCEDURES FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF VOTED MAILED BALLOTS; ENACTING THE NATIVE AMERICAN VOTING RIGHTS ACT TO PROTECT POLLING PLACE ACCESS AND ADDRESS OTHER ELECTION ISSUES INVOLVING VOTERS ON INDIAN NATION, TRIBAL AND PUEBLO LAND; MAKING TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING CHANGES; AMENDING, REPEALING AND ENACTING SECTIONS OF THE NMSA 1978.”
One major change spotted is that the amendment would take away a perjury charge for knowingly submitting a false ballot This language was stricken: “then complete the form on the reverse of the official mailing envelope [which shall include a statement by the voter under penalty of perjury that the facts stated in the form are true and the voter’s name, registration address and year of birth] under the privacy flap.”
Multiple George Soros-funded out-of-state groups are supporting this radical bill, including the far-left “Center for Civic Policy,” which successfully helped the Legislature ram through partisan legislative and congressional maps to heavily favor Democrats.
The bill explicitly breaks House Rule 11-4, which reads as follows:
The subject of every bill shall be clearly expressed in its title, and no bill embracing more than one subject shall be passed, except general appropriation bills and bills for the codification or revision of the laws. General appropriation bills shall embrace nothing but appropriations for the expense of the executive, legislative and judiciary departments, interest, sinking fund, payment of the public debt, public schools and other expenses required by existing laws. All other appropriations shall be made by separate bills.
S.B. 144 was originally scheduled to be heard in the House Judiciary Committee, but since the floor session went well past 6:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, the revised House schedule shows the Judiciary Committee is no longer meeting, although the Piñon Post remains on high alert for any movement on this bill.
In the meantime, New Mexicans are urged to call and email legislators who sit on the House Judiciary Committee and demand they reject any amendment to S.B. 144 that would chance the purpose of the bill.
- Chair: Gail Chasey (D). District 18 (Bernalillo). Room 308, (505) 986-4411. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vice Chair: Micaela Lara Cadena (D). District 33 (Dona Ana). Room 204B, (505) 986-4210. Email: email@example.com
- Member: Eliseo Lee Alcon (D). District 6 (Cibola & McKinley). Room 314A, (505) 986-4416. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Member: Deborah A. Armstrong (D). District 17 (Bernalillo). Room 205B, (505) 986-4242. Email: email@example.com
- Member: Christine Chandler (D). District 43 (Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe). Room 316B, (505) 986-4420. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Member: Zachary J. Cook (R). District 56 (Lincoln and Otero). Room 203B, (505) 986-4226. Email: email@example.com
- Member: Brian Egolf (D). District 47 (Santa Fe). Room 104, (505) 986-4782. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Member: Daymon Ely (D). District 23 (Bernalillo & Sandoval). Room 205A, (505) 986-4243. Email: email@example.com
- Member: Georgene Louis (D). District 26 (Bernalillo). Room 306, (505) 986-4329. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Member: Matthew McQueen (D). District 50 (Bernalillo, Santa Fe, Torrance and Valencia). Room 316A, (505) 986-4423. Email: email@example.com
- Member: Greg Nibert (R). District 59 (Chaves & Lincoln). Room 203EN, (505) 986-4467. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Member: William “Bill” R. Rehm (R). District 31 (Bernalillo). Room 201B, (505) 986-4214. Email: email@example.com
- Member: James G. Townsend (R). District 54 (Chaves, Eddy and Otero). Room 125, (505) 986-4758. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or BCC them all in an email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is email language that our editor, John Block, sent to the Committee. Feel free to use it in your email:
Bad actors are attempting to change S.B. 144 to far exceed its original intention and title from “AMENDING THE CRIME OF INTIMIDATION TO INCLUDE ACTS AGAINST ELECTIONS OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES AND AGENTS OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE, COUNTY CLERKS AND MUNICIPAL CLERKS,” to now deal with broad subjects regarding the administration of elections. This change proposed in amendment 222675.1 is a grave violation of House Rule 11-4:
“The subject of every bill shall be clearly expressed in its title, and no bill embracing more than one subject shall be passed, except general appropriation bills and bills for the codification or revision of the laws. General appropriation bills shall embrace nothing but appropriations for the expense of the executive, legislative and judiciary departments, interest, sinking fund, payment of the public debt, public schools and other expenses required by existing laws. All other appropriations shall be made by separate bills.”
Therefore, the addition of Amendment 222675.1, if passed by the House Judiciary Committee, would be a grave violation of House rules. Its passage will lead for this piece of legislation, in its entirety, to be subject to litigation — resulting in it being stricken down.
Reject Amendment 222675.1 to save the state from costly litigation and from the negative implications passage of such a radical amendment would cause.