Legislative Action Campaign 2021
Contact: Sarah S
The committee meets on a zoom call. Email Sarah to receive the invitation.
The 2021 regular session is over, but the work continues in committees and in the background throughout the year. Our team intends to stay on this and build smarter and stronger for the next session.
Senate Bill SB408, Right of Bodily Integrity
The Senate SHPAC Committee tabled this Bill, so we’ll have to keep it alive in committee through until the next session. By all appearances, it will only become more and more important to defend these rights.
Senate Bill SB408 affirms the Right of Bodily Integrity, requires Informed Consent, and prohibits medical discrimination on the basis of vaccination status. This would make it unlawful for people to be denied services on the basis of their vaccination status, and would also prevent employers from requiring vaccination as a condition of employment.
Contacting NM legislators to advocate for freedoms.
NOTE: These are our Representatives and Senators in the New Mexico State Legislature, not our Representatives and Senators that represent us in U.S. Congress. The New Mexico State Legislature runs only for two months in 2021, from January through March. So contacting NOW is important!
Thank you for your willingness to take action. Below are the steps we are requesting people take. If you would like more guidance or information you can watch a training video, https://vimeo.com/503247994
STEP ONE – Get Legislator contact info
Get contact information for your legislators (phone, email, snail mail). Some of it is on this spreadsheet. If we can all use and add to this spreadsheet we can compile all the information easily: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CbO69YYi1vAVmZ-HZn7zA0QD1HMLq2uk4mo0lAxUViM/edit#gid=0
To learn who your Representative and Senator are, and if their info is not on the spreadsheet, see https://nmlegis.gov/Members/Find_My_Legislator
STEP TWO – Call your Representative and Senator
Feel free to call their home number. Tell them what you’re not happy about (see possible legislation topics just below). Be respectful, but direct. If you don’t reach them, leave a message and ask for a call back.
Put the information you learn on the Google Sheet, https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CbO69YYi1vAVmZ-HZn7zA0QD1HMLq2uk4mo0lAxUViM/edit#gid=0 including the types of responses you got. We would particularly like to know of Democrats who are available to co-sponsor legislation to:
These are some of the important topics to address – pick the ones that are most important to you – we would particularly like help with ‘a’
a. oppose medical discrimination which prevents people from receiving services or payment, or having employment, on the basis of not having a COVID experimental vaccine or COVID test
b. give the legislature the right to have oversight on continuing a state of public health emergency in New Mexico, rather than giving the Governor that power solely
c. make mandating COVID vaccinations illegal in any sector
d. eliminate the lockdown in NM
e. get kids back to school, and give this right to decide whether kids should go back to school back to local communities
STEP THREE – Follow up
Follow up your call with an email and/or postcard to their office.
STEP FOUR – Call as Many Other Legislators as You Can
You represent a statewide organization and are a NM citizen, so you can call other Representatives and Senators. Please put all relevant info you find out on the spreadsheet, including who may be interested in co-sponsoring legislation.
STEP FIVE – Sign and Share Petitions
We are urging support of three important petitions. Please consider signing and sharing this information.
All of these petitions are intended to work in conjunction with the legislative action and calls to the legislature. Petitions are a great way to show widespread support for specific goals in the state, and our experience has shown that petitions with thousands of signatures are indeed persuasive to the NM legislators. Please sign and share these petitions widely.
Thank you so much for your willingness to help out with this effort!!!
Members of the Legislative Action Committee, New Mexico Freedoms Alliance
(The following are Bills that the Legislative Action Committee has chosen not to focus our efforts on. We do not support these Bills, but we are going to focus our efforts in other directions rather than in opposing these. Many of these are already getting a lot of traction in other circles, such that we feel our time will be best spent on other Bills:
- HB 140 – Removes minimum mandatory sentences for many game and fish violations as well as sex crimes
- HB 252 – Bill for $1M vaccination educational outreach
- SB 309 – Funding bill for $5M to purchase N95 masks and mask educational outreach
- HB 193 – Extreme Risk Protection Order Changes, requires law enforcement to take possession of relinquished firearms under certain circumstances
- HB 166 – It is an offense for a person to manufacture, cause to be manufactured, produce or otherwise assemble a firearm unless that person is a federally licensed gun dealer or manufacturer.
- SB 224 – Crime to leave firearm unsecured, no gun use for children under 12yo, and children over 12yo only allowed to use firearms after attending training class (in other words, it would make it illegal for parents to teach their children how to use firearms)
CALL TO ACTION: VACCINE, QUARANTINE, SCHOOL BILLS
The 2021 Legislative session is not much longer. We need to push as hard as we can for the next few weeks.
Four important Bills are currently assigned to committees in the New Mexico Legislature:
- SB 238 – REMOVE POWER TO ISOLATE OR QUARANTINE PEOPLE WHO REFUSE VACCINATION
- SB 232 – ADD CONSCIENCE EXEMPTION TO CHILDREN’S VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS
- SB 171 and HB 182 – ALLOW LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO ALLOW IN-PERSON LEARNING DURING PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCIES
PLEASE HELP BY DOING THESE 3 THINGS FOR ALL BILLS.
1. MOST IMPORTANT – CALL (OR EMAIL) THE LEGISLATORS LISTED BELOW FOR EACH BILL. Ask them to support these Bills. Please be polite and respectful, regardless of your party affiliation.
2. SIGN THE PETITIONS IN SUPPORT OF THESE BILLS.
3. SHARE THIS WIDELY with people who support the educational and medical rights of New Mexicans.
QUARANTINE AND VACCINE EXEMPTION BILLS:
The following two Bills are currently in the Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee (SHPAC).
- Bill SB 238 – REMOVE POWER TO ISOLATE OR QUARANTINE PEOPLE WHO REFUSE VACCINATION – Currently, NM Statute 12-10a-13 would allow the NM DOH to “isolate or quarantine” people who refuse vaccination during times of public health emergency. The purpose of this Bill is to remove the Secretary of Health’s power to isolate or quarantine people who refuse vaccines such as COVID-19 vaccines.
- Bill SB 232 – ADD CONSCIENCE EXEMPTION TO CHILDREN’S VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS – Currently, all NM children are required to be immunized, with exemptions provided for only medical or religious reasons. The purpose of this Bill is to add a Conscience Exemption, which would allow parents to exempt their child from immunization due to reasons of conscience. This would apply to current vaccine requirements as well as any future requirements for children to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
1. PLEASE CALL/EMAIL THE FOLLOWING TO ASK FOR THEIR SUPPORT FOR BOTH SB 238 AND SB 232. These are specifically the Democrats on the Committee (as the Republicans are already likely to support these Bills).
- Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino – Capitol Phone: (505) 397-8839, Home Phone: (505) 243-1509, Email: email@example.com
- Senator Bill Tallman – Capitol Phone: (505) 397-8854, Home Phone: (505) 702-6828, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Senator Brenda McKenna – Capitol Phone: (505) 397-8834, Email: email@example.com
- Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez – Capitol Phone: (505) 397-8847, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Senator Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics – Capitol Phone: (505) 397-8851, Office Phone: (505) 699-4808, Home Phone: (505) 471-7643, Email: email@example.com
2. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION:
SCHOOL RE-OPENING BILLS:
Senate Bill SB 171 and House Bill HB 182 would ALLOW LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO ALLOW IN-PERSON LEARNING DURING PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCIES. This would move the decision-making for school re-openings to the local level.
1. PLEASE CALL/EMAIL THE FOLLOWING SENATORS TO ASK FOR THEIR SUPPORT FOR SB 171:
- Senator William Soules – Capitol Phone: (505) 397-8850, Home Phone: (575) 640-0409, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Senator Harold Pope – Capitol Phone: (505) 397-8843, Home Phone: (505) 289-1087, Email: email@example.com
- Senator Martin Hickey – Capitol Phone: (505) 397-8828, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Senator Michael Padilla – Capitol Phone: (505) 397-8840, Home Phone: (505) 977-6247, Email: email@example.com
- Senator Shannon Pinto – Capitol Phone: (505) 397-8841, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE CALL/EMAIL THE FOLLOWING REPRESENTATIVES TO ASK FOR THEIR SUPPORT FOR 182:
- Representative Deborah Armstrong – Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4344, Email: email@example.com
- Representative Joanne Ferrary – Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4438, Office Phone: (575) 649-1231, Home Phone: (575) 382-6425, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Representative Brittney Barreras – Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4248, Office Phone: (505) 800-9404, Email: BRITTNEYFORNEWMEXICO@GMAIL.COM
- Representative Karen Bash – Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4236, Home Phone: (505) 238-2117, Email: email@example.com
- Representative Marian Matthews – Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4242, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Representative Roger Montoya – Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4464, Home Phone: (505) 927-0108, Email: email@example.com
- Representative Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson – Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4415, Home Phone: (505) 239-1781, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION:
Here is more info in case it is helpful.
FAST FACTS ABOUT SCHOOL RE-OPENING:
- The CDC guidance is that schools should be OPEN. Unequivocally. This is based on the real data and experience of millions of students and teachers around the world which has shown that schools CAN be operated safely for both teachers and students. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxKhJaqEkcY
- Youth suicide in NM is spiking due to social isolation and school closures. Online school is failing students at double the usual rate.
- Private schools have been operating safely in NM since last Fall. Meanwhile the disadvantaged kids are falling further and further behind.
FAST FACTS ABOUT COVID-19 VACCINES:
- Vaccines are medical procedures that have a level of inherent risk, as acknowledged by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Food a Drug Administration (FDA). Since 1986, vaccine manufacturers have been exempted from liability for any injury or death caused by vaccines.
- COVID-19 vaccines have not gone through full FDA approval processes. They are approved for Emergency Use only.
- As acknowledged by the CDC, it is not known whether the COVID-19 vaccines will prevent transmission of the illness.
- COVID-19 vaccines utilize an mRNA technology which has never been used in vaccines previously.
- The CDC acknowledges that COVID-19 vaccines haven’t been properly tested on pregnant women, people with autoimmune conditions, nor immunocompromised people.
- There are no long-term safety studies of COVID-19 vaccines in the general population. There are unanswered questions about whether these vaccines will induce pathogenic priming (which caused increased death in previous attempts to create coronavirus vaccines).
- As of January 22, 2021, over 9,000 negative reactions to COVID-19 vaccines have been reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System, including anaphylactic shock, miscarriage, paralysis, and several hundred deaths.
NM Statute 12-10A-13 – Allows the NM DOH to isolate or quarantine people who refuse vaccination during public health emergency – https://law.justia.com/codes/new-mexico/2018/chapter-12/article-10a/section-12-10a-13/
SB 238 – Remove power to isolate or quarantine people who refuse – Full Bill text is here: https://www.nmlegis.gov/Legislation/Legislation?chamber=S&legType=B&legNo=238&year=21
SB 232 – Add conscience exemption to children’s vaccination requirements – Full Bill text is here: https://www.nmlegis.gov/Legislation/Legislation?chamber=S&legType=B&legNo=232&year=21
SB 171 – Allow local school boards to decide whether or not to allow in-person learning during public health emergencies – Full Bill text is here: https://www.nmlegis.gov/Legislation/Legislation?chamber=S&legType=B&legNo=171&year=21
HB 182- Allow local school boards to decide whether or not to allow in-person learning during public health emergencies – Full Bill text is here: https://www.nmlegis.gov/Legislation/Legislation?chamber=H&legType=B&legNo=182&year=21
Points to Address in Legislation Against Medical Discrimination and Supporting Freedom of Choice
· Human Right to Bodily Integrity Each adult and minor in New Mexico has the inalienable right to bodily integrity, free from any threat or compulsion to accept any medical intervention, including testing and immunization. Following the precedent of the Nuremberg Code of 1948, humans have a right to choose what type of medical intervention happens to their own bodies, a “My Body, My Choice” perspective. See https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Downloads/CommitteeMeetingDocument/166819
This also follows the precedents of:
1. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, https://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/217(III), which the U.S. signed in 1948
2. The International Covenant on Civil and Human Rights, https://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/CCPR.aspx which the U.S. signed on June 8, 1992
3. The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/protection/migration/49e479d10/convention-against-torture-other-cruel-inhuman-degrading-treatment-punishment.html, which the U.S. signed in 1994
· No Medical Discrimination: As such, New Mexicans, both adults and minors, cannot be discriminated against, denied public or private services, prevented from attending school or working for a specific employer or in a particular industry, prevented from receiving government support of any kind or payment for services rendered, or otherwise penalized for not receiving
o Gene therapy
o Any medical treatment, testing or screening that involves puncturing or incising an individual’s skin or inserting foreign material into an individual’s body
Individuals also cannot be discriminated against for not providing samples of bodily fluids, bodily tissue, or genetic material, or for not providing proof of immunity to a specific virus.
· Informed Consent Individuals must provide written, informed consent before receiving any type of immunization, vaccination, gene therapy, medical testing or treatment. Informed consent must include notification of the ingredients of any substances inserted in the body, the actions of these substances, and the possible risks for this treatment, testing or therapy. Parents or guardians of minors must provide written, informed consent for immunizations, medical testing or treatment provided to their children or wards.
· Provisions Hold True at All Times These provisions will hold true at all times, including during a “state of emergency,” peaceful or otherwise (See Minnesota Legislation
· Prevailing Provisions The provisions of this legislation shall prevail over any conflicting provisions in New Mexico statutes, regulations, public health orders, or ordinances of any kind, present or future.
See page two for examples of recent legislation from other states which address these points.
EXAMPLES OF LEGISLATION FROM OTHER STATES FLORIDA https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2021/364/BillText/Filed/HTML
NORTH DAKOTA https://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/67-2021/bill-actions/ba1320.html
NEW HAMPSHIRE http://gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/Results.aspx?txtsessionyear=2021&txtbillnumber=HB220