The Family Policy Alliance team alerted you when Nancy Pelosi tried to sneak a taxpayer funding stream for abortion into the COVID-19 relief plan—and your voice and quick action helped stop her in her tracks. We alerted you when Planned Parenthood unbelievably asked for donations of medical supplies like masks and defied orders to stop elective procedures. But another big money industry is hoping to cash in on the coronavirus crisis. Big Marijuana—and their allies in the U.S. House—are hoping to get disaster relief funding for themselves.

Big Marijuana believes it deserves your taxpayer dollars—despite the fact that marijuana is an illegal drug under federal law. It begs the question: With so many small businesses hurting during the crisis, why should taxpayer relief money go to an illegal industry already flowing in cash?

At last count, about thirty other legislators (from both sides of the aisle) joined Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) in pushing House leadership to make the marijuana industry eligible for all COVID-19 relief programs—even though these programs are already low on funding. Worse yet, the bill would require the funding to extend not just to medical marijuana dispensaries, but to recreational marijuana as well.

And what would our taxpayer money pay for if Big Marijuana were given access to COVID-19 relief? Check out our video on what Colorado looks like since legalizing recreational pot.

Keep in mind that in many states, Big Marijuana has been considered an “essential business” and allowed to continue operations—still raking in cash. Yet, America’s small businesses have been forced to close their doors, suffering major revenue loss and leaving millions of Americans without jobs.

Big Marijuana and their allies in Congress want to see money intended for America’s small businesses go up in smoke—literally.

Family Policy Alliance strongly opposes this effort to allow Big Marijuana access to COVID-19 relief programs. If you agree, please help us spread the word by sharing this article on Facebook or by forwarding it to your friends.

For the family,


Brittany Jones
Policy Manager

Dear Friends:

The 2020 Legislative Session is officially over and I am proud to report that we had another successful year!

  1. We defeated attempts to introduce anti-life legislation.

After the historic defeat of HB51 last year, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham quickly stated her intent to bring the radical abortion bill back during the 2020 Session. The bill was not on the original agenda, but after information surfaced that the Governor was desperately lobbying legislators behind the scenes, we quickly mobilized the pro-life community to push back. Thanks to our quick engagement and the unwillingness of pro-life Democrats in the Senate to change their vote, no anti-life legislation was introduced—including attempts to codify abortion up to the moment of birth and legalize assisted suicide.

  1. We helped pass protections for pregnant women in the workforce.

As part of our pro-life platform, Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico® joined Right to Life of New Mexico and Project Defending Life in supporting HB25 to protect pregnant women in the workforce. The legislation prohibits pregnancy-related discrimination from employers and requires them to provide “reasonable accommodations” during an employee’s pregnancy. HB25 unanimously passed the House (65-0) and Senate (41-0) and is now awaiting the Governor’s signature.

  1. We defeated attempts to legalize recreational marijuana.

Against all odds, recreational marijuana legislation was again defeated this year. Together with law enforcement; the business community; our national ally, SAM; and local church leaders, Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico played a critical role in bringing public awareness to the dangers of recreational pot and its impact on public health and safety. Although the legislation was one of the Governor’s top priorities, it failed to gain momentum and drew bipartisan objections from legislators in the Senate and House.

Thank you!

On behalf of Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, I want to thank every one of you for your faithful support of our efforts. Thank you for your prayers—because without the good Lord’s blessing, we would not be able to achieve the level of success we have. Thank you for your engagement—because without your participation, we would not have the credibility we have. And thank you for your financial support, because without your generosity, we would not exist.

Today, we celebrate our successes.

Tomorrow, we get back to work, because as we all know, there is still much work to do!

 Our vision is a New Mexico where religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. Together, let’s continue our efforts to turn that vision into reality.

Standing for and with the family of believers,

Vince Torres
Executive Director

Dear Friends:

The sun is beginning to set on the 2020 Legislative Session which concludes Thursday at noon. While we continue to keep a close eye on things, here is a brief recap of some things that took place last week—the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The GOOD – Recreational pot stalls, Pregnant worker protection advances

After weeks of public debate and objections from concerned New Mexicans, efforts to legalize recreational marijuana stalled in the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. Although the tabled bill, SB115, can be revived, the time is quickly running out and most people agree that the bill is now dead for the remainder of this Legislative Session. On the day of the hearing, the bill’s sponsors introduced a troubling committee substitute bill which would have, among other things, granted licensing authority to labor unions and allowed convicted drug dealers to qualify for licenses. Ultimately, two Democrats joined the four Republicans on the committee to table the bill. Special thanks to all of you who responded to our Action Alerts by sending messages and making phone calls!

In the meantime, HB25—a pregnant worker accommodation bill—is just one step away from heading to the Governor’s desk. This legislation protects pregnant women from being terminated solely because of their pregnancy and requires employers to provide “reasonable accommodations” for them during the pregnancy. HB25 passed the House 65-0 and is now awaiting a full vote in the Senate.

The BAD – Governor maintains radical abortion talk

In spite of experiencing the biggest setback of her administration just 11 months ago—the defeat of HB51–Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham continues to make it clear that codifying abortion up-to-birth remains one of her top priorities. As reported by the Albuquerque Journal, the Governor recently spoke at a Planned Parenthood event and stated, “The second we have the votes in the Senate, that antiquated, absolutely outrageous law is gone.” The Governor’s remark demonstrates the growing division and tension between progressive and traditional Democrats in Santa Fe. Whether the Governor gets her wish will depend on the outcome of the 2020 Election.

The UGLY – Planned Parenthood planning to expand in New Mexico

While other states are passing pro-life legislation at a record pace, New Mexico remains a primary target of the abortion industry. NM Political Report has reported that Planned Parenthood considers New Mexico to be a key state for abortion access moving forward and they are already raising money to build a new abortion clinic in Albuquerque. According to the CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, New Mexico and Colorado serve as “a little island” where women can travel to obtain late-term abortions. Should other states continue to enact pro-life laws, expect New Mexico’s reputation as an abortion tourism destination to grow.

The Final Countdown

The Legislative Session concludes Thursday at noon and we will be at the Capitol until the final gavel drops. That said, if you appreciate the work we are doing and if you would like to see it continue, would you consider sending us a gift today? Click here to send your gift now and help us continue to fight for a New Mexico where religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished!

Thank you for your prayers and support.

The Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico Team

 

Dear Friends:

With just over a week left in the 2020 Legislative Session, the State Capitol is bustling with activity—some of it good; some of it bad; and some of it just plain ugly.

The GOOD – Protecting pregnant mothers and babies

It is not every day that pro-life and pro-abortion groups come together to support a bill, but that is exactly what happened with HB25, a pregnant worker accommodation bill, sponsored by Representative Gail Chasey (D-Bernalillo). This legislation protects pregnant women from being terminated solely because of their pregnancy and requires employers to provide “reasonable accommodations” for them. HB25 received overwhelming support from lawmakers and business organizations and passed the House 65-0. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Another bill that should have garnered bipartisan support from Legislators and the Governor is HB190, introduced by Representative Joseph Sanchez (D-Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba, & San Miguel). This legislation seeks to update the “Safe Haven for Infants Act” which allows for the installation of safety devices for the surrender of newborn children. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has not yet added this item to the Session agenda.

The BAD – Recreational pot: the Soros connection and conflicts of interest  

Last week, our Executive Director, Vince Torres, sent a letter to Governor Lujan Grisham and the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Joseph Cervantes (D-Dona Ana). In the letter, he questioned the legitimacy of the Governor’s Working Group on Marijuana Legalization, noting that the Group’s work was apparently funded by a private group with ties to George Soros and the Drug Policy Alliance. The controversy does not end there, however. As reported by the Santa Fe New Mexican, Speaker of the House Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe), an attorney by trade, has represented the state’s largest medicinal marijuana company—a company that has publicly stated its desire to expand into the recreational use market. Add to this the near $120,000 the Governor’s campaign received from the marijuana industry and it is clear—the public health and safety of New Mexico is being sacrificed in order to benefit a handful of pot investors.

The UGLY – Governor still working to pass abortion up-to-birth bill

Over the weekend, we were notified by credible sources that Governor Lujan Grisham is still trying to pressure pro-life Democrats in the Senate to support legislation to codify abortion up-to-birth, for any reason, in state law. As a result, we are encouraging all pro-life New Mexicans to contact the Governor and their legislators as soon as possible to voice their opposition to this unfortunate maneuver.

Will you do 3 things?

  1. If you have not already responded to our Action Alert urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose recreational marijuana, please do so today by clicking here. SB115 will likely be heard in the Committee on Wednesday, at 2:30PM, in Room 321.
  2. If you have not already done so, please click here to quickly send a message to the Governor and your Legislators expressing your opposition to radical abortion legislation.
  3. Please call the Governor’s Office at (505) 476-2200 and tell them, “No more pro-abortion legislation.”


On to the Final Week

The Legislative Session concludes next Thursday at noon. That may seem like a small amount of time but— trust us—a lot can happen in the final days as pressures mount! Therefore, we will continue to keep you informed on what is happening and opportunities for you to engage and speak up.

Thank you for your prayers and support.

The Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico Team

 

This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will likely consider SB115 which would legalize recreational marijuana in New Mexico, and your quick help is needed to urge the following committee members to vote “NO.”

Senator Joseph Cervantes
(505) 986-4861

Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto
(505) 986-4270

Senator William H. Payne
(505) 986-4703

Senator Gregory A. Baca
(505) 986-4877

Senator Ron Griggs
(505) 986-4391

Senator Linda M. Lopez
(505) 986-4737

Senator Richard C. Martinez
(505) 986-4487

Senator Mark Moores
(505) 986-4856

Senator Bill B. O’Neill
(505) 986-4260

Senator Mimi Stewart
(505) 986-4726

Senator Peter Wirth
(505) 986-4727

According to a recent poll, more than 63% of New Mexico voters do not support this proposal, given the facts that medicinal marijuana is already legal and that we have decriminalized possession for small amounts of marijuana.

 Pro-pot legislators and lobbyists have accused law enforcement, business community leaders, and us of using “scare tactics” in our opposition to this bill. Apparently, facts scare them—and for good reason!

Consider these facts:

Please contact the Senate Judiciary Committee members TODAY and urge them to vote “NO” on SB115. We have made it simple for you to communicate this request. Simply click here and you can send these Senators a message in 30 seconds!

After you have sent the message through our Action Center, please call the Senators at the numbers provided above and leave the same message.

Thank you for making your voice heard!

 

The Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico Team

LEGISLATIVE RECAP:

On Tuesday, the 2020 Legislative Session kicked off with the State of the State Address by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. The Governor laid out her plan for the session with a focus on education, public safety, and economic development. Among her listed priorities was the legalization of recreational marijuana which she referred to as New Mexico’s “next frontier.” Noticeably absent from the Governor’s remarks was any reference to abortion legislation. However, she can add such legislation to the Session agenda at any time and she has even floated the possibility of calling a Special Session if the U.S. Supreme Court undermines or overturns Roe v. Wade.

ACTION ALERT: Urge These Senators to Oppose Recreational Pot!

On Tuesday, the Senate Public Affairs Committee will consider SB115 which would legalize recreational marijuana in New Mexico. According to a recent poll, more than 63% of New Mexico voters do not support this proposal, knowing that medicinal marijuana is already legal and that we have decriminalized possession for small amounts of marijuana.

 New Mexico already faces major challenges related to homelessness, crime, drug use, poverty, and mental health. WHY then would we further aggravate these issues by repeating the mistakes of states like Colorado?

Consider these facts:

Marijuana industry advocates are trying to hide the ugly truths about recreational pot, but the facts make it very clear. Recreational pot is wrong for New Mexico.

SB115 will be heard Tuesday afternoon and your quick help is needed to urge the following committee members to vote “NO.”

Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino (Bill Sponsor)
(505) 986-4482

Senator Jeff Steinborn
(505) 986-4862

Senator Candace Gould
(505) 986-4266

Senator Craig W. Brandt
(505) 986-4385

Senator Stuart Ingle
(505) 986-4702

Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez
(505) 986-4389

Senator Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics
(505) 986-4377

Please contact these Senators TODAY and urge them to vote “NO” on SB115. We have made it simple for you to communicate this request. Simply click here and you can send these Senators a message in 30 seconds!

After you have sent the message through our Action Center, please call the Senators at the numbers provided above and leave the same message.

If you would like to attend the committee hearing in person and provide public comment, it will be held Tuesday afternoon, at 1:30 p.m., in the Senate Chamber.

Thank you for making your voice heard!

The Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico Team

Dear Friends:

Will New Mexico be the next state to legalize recreational marijuana? Not if our Governor and our Legislators listen to the people and pay attention to the facts.

Earlier this week, our friends at Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) released a poll conducted by Emerson College which found that more than 63% of New Mexico voters do not support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

According to the poll, 42% percent of voters support the status quo in New Mexico—decriminalization for small amounts and legal medicinal marijuana—and 22% favor keeping marijuana illegal for use and possession. Ultimately, just 34% percent of voters favor full legalization.

‪This poll will no doubt shock the pot industry, but it does not surprise us. Most New Mexicans recognize that our state is already facing major challenges related to homelessness, crime, drug use, poverty, and mental health. So why would we further aggravate these issues by repeating the mistakes of states like Colorado?

Consider these facts:

We are glad that so many New Mexicans recognize the threats that recreational pot poses to our public health and safety. Though Big Marijuana advocates try to hide the ugly truths about recreational marijuana legalization, we are proud to be working with SAM and other local groups to make sure that citizens and lawmakers have the facts—because the facts make it very clear. Recreational marijuana is wrong for New Mexico and this year, Democrats and Republicans should again “Say NO to Big Marijuana.”

By the way, if you want to see what legal pot really looks like in Colorado, click here to watch our latest video (or click the play button on the video below)!

Sincerely,


Vince Torres
President and Executive Director

 

Family is the God-designed, smallest and single best institution for the creation, protection, provision, and training of children; the honoring and caring for elderly; and for the fulfillment of all human needs. As such, thriving families eliminate the need for costly government intervention programs and serve as an important check on the power and size of government. Therefore, NJ lawmakers’ tireless fascination with big intrusive government is diametrically opposed to strong families. This past Monday’s vote on key issues give substantial evidence some officials prefer to please their corporate friends than protect their constituent families.

Recreational Marijuana – ROLL CALL OF VOTES

The effort to place the legalization of recreational marijuana on the 2020 ballot passed both chambers by the super majority required of a 3/5 vote. If lawmakers merely passed it by a simple majority, they would have been required to vote again in January. However, with the full support of all Democrats, except one; and the opposition of Republicans, except one; the Senate had enough votes, by one, to officially place the grave responsibility of legalization into the hands of NJ voters next fall. The Assembly narrowly had a supermajority by two votes.

Clearly, NJ Legislators have decided to abandon their responsibilities. Will NJ voters realize that after two years of expert testimony, committee hearings, white paper research and data analysis from other states, the Legislature might have information that prevented them from passing it? Big Tobacco will benefit at the expense of our youth and underserved urban areas.

Planned Parenthood Funding – ROLL CALL OF VOTES

Reduction of state aid for public schools, senior services, and hospital care have made the headlines across our state. NJ is amid a fiscal crisis. Governor Phil Murphy cut $48 million in spending this year and froze $235 million depending on revenue received.

“We need to stop spending what we shouldn’t have, and what we don’t have.” Governor Phil Murphy, June 30, 2019

Tragically, this facade of fiscal responsibility does not apply to the largest wealthiest abortion provider in the world. The Senate approved a near 100% increase to Planned Parenthood to provide abortion services in targeted urban areas. Their current state aid of $9.5 million will now surge to $20 million. The Assembly overwhelmingly approved this measure two weeks ago.

Religious Liberty

A positive outcome was felt by religious liberty and parental rights advocates opposing the government mandate of controversial vaccinations. The bill effortlessly passed the Assembly chambers on Monday but stalled in the Senate by one vote. The mobilization and vocal resistance to this law by thousands of parents is to be applauded and repeated on many issues. However, the fight continues as Thursday, January 9, the Senate is scheduled to vote on this bill.

We must not allow these setbacks to discourage us from increased engagement. Legislators expect the outrage generated during a lame duck session will not equate to increased voter turnout the following November. Let’s change their minds!

Determined and undeterred,


Shawn Hyland
Director of Advocacy


Len Deo
Director of Alliances Northeast Region, Family Policy Alliance
Founder & Past President, New Jersey Family Policy Council