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NM State Representative District 43

There are 70 members of the N.M. House of Representatives. All seats will be filled in the 2024 election. In addition to other duties prescribed by law, representatives enact “reasonable and appropriate laws,” represent the constituents of their district, and serve on standing or interim committees. The legislature meets each year beginning in January. In odd-numbered years, it meets for 60 days; in even-numbered years, it meets for 30 days. The Governor may call special sessions. Candidates must be at least 21 years old and must be a resident of the district from which elected. They serve a two-year term. Representatives do not receive a salary, but they do receive a pre-set per diem and mileage; there is also a pension program for legislators serving a minimum period.Cámara de Representantes de Nuevo MéxicoAdemás de otras obligaciones prescritas por la ley, los representantes promulgan leyes razonables y apropiadas , representan a los electores de su distrito y sirven en comités permanentes o interinos. La legislatura se reúne cada año a partir de enero. En los años impares, se reúne durante 60 días; en los años pares, se reúne durante 30 días. El gobernador puede convocar sesiones especiales. Los candidatos deben tener al menos 21 años de edad y deben ser residentes del distrito donde fueron elegidos. Tienen mandatos de dos años. Los representantes no reciben un salario, pero sí reciben un pago preestablecido por viáticos; también existe un programa de pensión para legisladores que cumplen con un periodo mínimo de servicio.

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    Christine Chandler

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    Chris Luchini

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    Phillip Michael Mach

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How can New Mexico improve access to physical and mental health care services?

What legislation would you support to reduce violent crime and improve public safety?

How can we protect New Mexico's economic future considering the reduced availability of water?

Do you support a paid legislature and/or longer legislative sessions? Why or why not?

What are the biggest problems facing New Mexico? How can they be addressed?

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Long-standing challenges require multi-pronged, coordinated policy initiatives. The legislature is addressing the provider shortage, but more needs to be done. Implementing measures that include: student loan forgiveness programs that encourage providers to locate in areas with the most need; expanded tax credits for critically needed providers; expanded educational programs to increase the number of New Mexicans training for all medical professions. Incentive and retention strategies are key.
Improve Extreme Risk Protection Order law and train police on its effective use. Enact other gun safety laws shown to reduce gun violence. Prioritize incarceration of the truly dangerous and implement alternate sentencing and diversion programs that provide drug and behavioral health treatment, and job training. Focus on programs that are evidence-based and data driven. The data and evidence have shown us that the so-called tough on crime proposals fail us time and time again.
Enact laws that regulate and minimize access to and use of excessively large quantities of fresh water by industrial users by encouraging alternatives. This could include desalination initiatives and produced water reuse in the oil fields. Complete an assessment of water availability and implement regional water plans that address water use on a regional basis and tied to the conditions relevant to the area. The state is acting on inadequate data which hampers its ability to plan effectively.
Yes. New Mexico is the only state in the country with an unpaid, volunteer legislature. Many citizens cannot afford to leave their jobs for extended periods to serve. As a result, we lack an elected body that reflects the economic and ethnic diversity that would include many more perspectives and life experiences. Longer sessions will improve the legislature's ability to study and debate legislation. We need to eliminate the governor's exclusive role in setting the short session agenda.
Poverty is the underlying cause of nearly every challenge facing New Mexico and its citizens. The legislature is addressing it through an array of efforts that include increasing support for low income families, Pre-K, early childhood and child care programs. The state is a leader in implementing changes to the tax code in ways that support working families. This includes the Working Families Tax Credit and the Child Income Tax Credit, measures that have been shown to reduce poverty.
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Remove the GRT on health care services.

Zoning reform to allow micro clinics in all areas.
There should be a radical reduction in traffic enforcement officers, and those positions changed into detective/ investigator positions. The 90/10 rule applies to crime, identifying and apprehending the violent criminals, and the professional property criminal will dramatically reduce crime. Incentivize responsible firearm storage. 89% of firearms traced to crime in New Mexico, originated from theft. Establish a $50M Tax credits for the purchase of gun safe.
Government should lead by example: xeriscaping everything except a few parks. Transitioning residential water use to a extremely progressive price for water will incentivize homeowner conservation.

The price of water directly affects its consumption.

A complete reform of the water right system. A New Mexico is required, given that there are many, many times more paper water rights than there is wet water.

Yes, a paid legislature with salary linked to a exponential function of median income.

A longer legislative session is not needed, there is an enormous amount of wasted time and political posturing and performance in the existing session.
You get less of what you tax, you get more of what you subsidize. We tax business success by taxing gross receipts. Eliminate the GRT on all services, the surplus will more than cover this.

We have enormous amount of intellectual talent in the state state, that leave once they start a business that brings in revenue.

Eliminate all occupational licensing that isn't grounded in legitimate public safety. Hairdressers having to do 1600 hours of training is absolutely insane.
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