Just a quick update on the Capital Outlay bill that was passed by the Legislature while in Special Session earlier this month.
I reported that I was able to secure funds for many projects in my District and throughout Dona Ana County. I pleased to report that Governor Susana Martinez signed the Capital Outlay bill yesterday in Las Cruces. She did not line item veto any of the projects in District 52 and only one in Dona Ana County. I was honored to attend the bill signing ceremony with Senator Papen, Representative Nunez, Representative Gomez and other Legislators from Southern New Mexico.
Now let’s get those funds down here and put people to work. Thank you for all your kind words and support.
At last, after the regular 60 day Session of the New Mexico Legislature failed to act on a capital outlay package, the Special Session called today just ended with the successful passage of that bill.
Rep. Doreen Gallegos, District 52 (D), said, “After a difficult and combative 60 day Session, we were able to come back for a quick four hour Special Session and pass a bill that will bring substantial dollars to Dona Ana County. I was very committed to completing this session in order to bring back funding for projects in my District,” she said.
Gallegos continued, “We were working under a very restricted agenda. We will be back in six months and can consider other issues in the 2016 Session however.”
Finally Gallegos said, “At times compromise is difficult but when you look at doing good work for the people that sent you, politics needs to be set aside to complete the job. The Democrats and Republicans were able to do that today,” Gallegos concluded.
Gallegos was especially busy during the Special Session since she serves on House Appropriations and Finance Committee. Her committee was one of only two House committees that met today.
Projects that Gallegos was able to secure funding for include, the Anthony Youth Farm and Adams Ball Park in Anthony, La Clinica de Famila, Jardin de los Ninos, a drainage project in Bernino and a new roof for the community center in Vado. She was also able to secure funds for road projects in her district, projects at NMSU, capital funds for the Dona Ana County Sheriffs Department and the film initiative in Dona Ana County. With these projects, Gallegos has brought over two million dollars in projects and program monies to District 52 and throughout the county during her tenure. She has announced her intention to run for reelection in 2016.
All the bills passed during the Special Session now go to the desk of Governor Susana Martinez.
2015 Committee Membership
Representative Gallegos has been appointed to the following committees:
|Advisory||COURTS, CORRECTIONS & JUSTICE COMMITTEE||(Interim)|
|Advisory||LEGISLATIVE HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE||(Interim)|
|Designee||LEGISLATIVE FINANCE COMMITTEE||(Interim)|
|Member||APPROPRIATIONS & FINANCE|
|Member||GOVERNMENT, ELECTIONS & INDIAN AFFAIRS|
Letter To The Editor
State Representative Doreen Gallegos (D, District 52, Dona Ana) recently wrote a letter to the Editor of the Sun News in response to an article from May 7th, entitled “Youths move into adult jail area”. Check out the original story here. Read Representative Gallegos letter below.
State Representative Doreen Gallegos (D, District 52, Dona Ana) announced today that she has been appointed to the Legislative Council of New Mexico State Legislature.
” I am honored for this appointment,” said Gallegos, “it allows me to advocate for my constituents and all of Dona Ana County at a high level.”
The Legislative Council consist of twelve members of the legislature who oversee the day to day management and policy operations of the Legislature while it is in session and during the interim period between Sessions. The Legislative Council approves the interim committee work plans, their budgets and hiring of key legislative staff positions. They also set employee policy and handle other matters regarding the State Legislature.
Gallegos said, “I am honored by this appointment as it comes from the House Leadership in a bipartisan decision. I believe it demonstrates that leaders in both the House Democratic and House Republican parties have confidence in my abilities.
House District 52 includes Anthony, Vado, Bernino and the Las Alturas and Talavera area in Las Cruces.
The first meeting of the Legislative Council will take place in Santa Fe next Monday.
State Representative Doreen Gallegos will work hard for our democratic values
Good jobs and access to health care
Environmental protection and quality of life
Education as a key to our future