First, I would like to pause to express our deepest sympathy to Representative Tomas Salazar at the passing of his mother. There is little one can say at this time of bereavement but to express our heartfelt sympathy to Tomas and ask the Lord to provide the comfort and strength to him and his family at this most difficult hour.
Secondly, I want to express my gratitude to all who were so faithful during the 2019 Legislative Session. Through your tenacity the essential legislation was passed to ensure the solvency of our retirement pensions.
A very special thank you to Russell Goff for all of his demanding and difficult work, our loyal and faithful Rep. Tomas Salazar who carried our bills, Pauline Rindone for her work last fall with our legislative committee in helping us prepare for the Legislative Session, Senator Jeff Steinborn for sponsoring SB 664 which provides for a surviving spouse or domestic partner to be considered a beneficiary if the deceased member of the educational retirement plan has not designated a beneficiary, Senator Mimi Stewart and Representative Sheryl Stapleton in sponsoring memorials recognizing NMAER Day in the Senate and the House of Representatives.
I certainly don’t want to overlook those who worked so diligently for us all during the session, Terry and Roger Greer, Joe Montano, Linda Carr and her work with the AAls, The City Different REA for assistance at hearings and Senior Day, our lobbyists: Sue Griffith and Richard Romero, the Adopt-A-Legislator volunteers who kept the emails and phone calls flowing, and our faithful partners DeAnza Sapien and the AARP Legislative Council. I’m sure I may have overlooked someone; if I have, please forgive me.