N.M. HOUSE News:
SANTA FE—House Republicans voted to kill a House Education Committee report on House Bill 391 with a 30 to 33 vote.
House Bill 391 is a sub for House Bill 67, sponsored by Rep. Mimi Stewart, D-Bernalillo, chair of the House Education Committee, which would increase the current salary minimums for teachers over the next five years to $40,000 for Level I, $50,000 for Level II and $60,000 for Level III.
HB 67 was re-introduced in the form of HB 391 over the weekend to increase salary levels to mirror the original HB 67. Republican House Education committee members darted out of the committee before the bill could be voted on by a quorum of the committee.
“The Republicans are playing games with teacher’s salaries. It sickens me that I have brought this bill to the House floor two times and both times House Republicans have made a mockery of it,” Stewart said. “Today on the House floor, Republicans told New Mexicans whose side they really are on. Not the side of our hard working teachers who deserve pay raises. My bill is a comprehensive fix for all levels of teacher.”