NM House GOP Leader Jim Townsend Questions House Speaker on Governor’s Abuse of Power, How the Special Session will be Conducted, and Stopping the Raid on NM’s Permanent Fund

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House GOP Leader Jim Townsend Questions House Speaker on Governor’s Abuse of Power, How the Special Session will be Conducted, and Stopping the Raid on NM’s Permanent Fund

Artesia, NM – House Republican Leader Jim Townsend sent House Speaker Brian Egolf a three-page letter highlighting three important issues which could greatly impact upcoming special session of the Legislature sometime in June.  The letter requested the Speaker take three explicit actions: 1) initiate legislative oversight of an abuse of power by the Governor in spending money she is unauthorized to do so; 2) begin bipartisan consultations immediately how a remote or virtual special session would be conducted; and 3) express the position that no constitutional amendment to raid the Land Grant Permanent Fund would be considered during the special session.

As the COVID-19 pandemic as continued, the Governor has issued several executive orders which call for millions of dollars to be spent from the state treasury, however, only the Legislature has the constitutional authority to spend such large sums.  The Governor is only authorized to spend no more than $750,000 per emergency declaration. Rep. Townsend is asking the Legislative Council to review this matter and have this group of legislators take appropriate action to preserve the Legislature’s authority.

Likewise, Leader Townsend questioned Speaker Egolf about alleged media reports that he already has a plan to change House Rules to permit a virtual special session, yet there have been no discussions with House Republican Leadership on the matter.  The letter also expressed serious concerns about a proposal offered by the Governor to raid NM’s Land Grant Permanent Fund during the special session to close the budget shortfall.  Such action would require passage of a constitutional amendment and such amendments are not permitted during a special session.  Leader Townsend asked the Speaker to announce the Legislature will observe this long-time constitutional prohibition.

The lack of communication on such important matters between the House Republicans and Democrat leaders has become increasingly concerning as the shut-down inches its way forward.  In addition, the Governor has yet to announce a date for the special session which is needed to address NM’s ongoing economic and budget crisis.

“It has become increasingly clear that the Democrats are circling the wagons and leaving New Mexicans out of the conversations on how government business is done and how we move forward,” said House Republican Leader Jim Townsend, “As elected leaders, we are expected to be transparent and open with the public and unfortunately it seems that there are some leaders who do not want Republicans at the table, much less the public, to create an effective recovery for our state.”

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Here we go into the next phase, we continue to pray for the good health of all!

I do not know how the Governor intends in enforce the mask mandate. I beleive this is the first time in the history of America that a Governor is requiring the people to wear masks. I wear one in the store when I go out of respect and care for others. Wearing one all the time? Hard to enforce.

It it way past time the the Governor confer with the Republican leadership on all this.

New Mexico is making history in this pandemic. This is the first time Doctors without borders has served in America. Our Native American Brothers and Sisters are suffering much.

This is the first time in the history of America where Church membership and the Pastor have been sworn in as deputies by the County Sheriff. This took place at  New Hope Revival Church in Truth or Consequences, NM under the leadership of Pastor Caleb Cooper. KOB STORY

From the Republican Party of New Mexico:

Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce’s Statement On State Police Issuing Cease And Desist Order on Sierra County Church

 

Albuquerque, May 12– On Mother’s Day New Mexico State Police served the pastor of New Hope Revival Church in Sierra County with a Cease & Desist order for his House of Worship. The following is a statement from Chairman Steve Pearce about this continued attack on New Mexicans’ rights:

“The State Police C&D order against the church Sunday was just the latest example of how peoples’ rights are being trampled on. This goes beyond a small business being fined unfairly to save lives and livelihoods. The state’s position is now to ignore the notion that our Constitution continues even in a crisis and to infringe upon the civil rights of our citizens and their rights to freely worship. This action is nothing less than government overstepping its bounds and failing to justly and equitably deal with the pandemic across the state.”

Governor’s new order allows some businesses to reopen, requires New Mexicans to wear masks

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