Q&A: Senate District 33 Candidate Denise Lang-Browne
- NAME: Denise A. Lang-Browne
- POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic
- OCCUPATION: Retired
- CITY OF RESIDENCE: La Luz
- RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Accountant and auditor in CPA firm; finance officer Boys & Girls Club; active in community as officer and member of Otero County Health Council, Behavioral Health Local Collaborative, officer and member of NAACP.
- EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in accounting from New Mexico State University
- CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: Facebook: Elect Denise Lang-Browne
What steps should the Legislature take to ensure New Mexico has a balanced budget amid falling oil prices and an economic downturn prompted by the coronavirus outbreak?
Increase investment in renewable energy, legalize recreational marijuana for adults.
What more, if anything, should the Legislature do to address a court ruling that found New Mexico is failing to provide a sufficient education to all students?
Use Permanent Fund to fully fund pre-K, K-12 and higher education. Ensure that lottery scholarship provides for all eligible students to receive no less than 30% of lottery sales, fully fund that education so students and families can budget for their and our future.
What changes, if any, should New Mexico make to its gross receipts tax code?
Uncertain at this point.
Do you support or oppose legalizing recreational marijuana use in New Mexico and taxing its sales?
I support legalizing and regulating recreational marijuana and taxing its sales.
Do you believe changes should be made to the emergency powers held by a governor during a pandemic or other time of crisis. If so, do you believe such powers should be expanded or reduced and in what specific ways?
In comparing and contrasting the results of our state’s response to the deaths in other states per capita, it appears that we have done the right thing.
Do you support or oppose repealing a long-dormant 1969 state law that outlaws abortion, except in limited circumstances?
I support the repeal of any laws outlawing abortion. I trust women and their health care providers to choose what is best for women’s bodies, lives and families.
Do you support or oppose enacting a new state law that would allow police officers and other public officials to be sued individually by abolishing the defense of qualified immunity?
I support enacting new law to allow police officers and other public officials to be sued individually. No one should be above the law.
In recent years, New Mexico has steadily increased spending on early childhood programs, such as home visiting, prekindergarten and child care assistance, and created a new early childhood trust fund. Do you support or oppose a constitutional amendment that would withdraw more money from the Land Grant Permanent Fund to increase funding for early childhood services?
I support a constitutional amendment that would withdraw more money from the Land Grant Permanent Fund to increase funding for early childhood services.
What changes, if any, should New Mexico make to its election laws and primary system? Do you support or oppose opening the state’s primary elections to voters who aren’t affiliated with either major political party?
I support opening the primary to allow ALL voters to vote, but registered Democrats could only vote for Democratic candidates and registered Republicans can only vote for Republican candidates; independents can request the ballot of their choice.
Would you support a merit-based evaluation system to determine how the state spends its capital outlay funding? Should each legislator be required to disclose which projects he or she funded?
With the information I currently have, I support a merit-based system and full disclosure on which projects legislators fund.
New Mexico is highly reliant on the oil and natural gas industries to generate revenue to fund state programs, as evidenced by recent oil boom and bust cycles. What steps should the state take to diversify its economy and revenue base?
Legalize, regulate and tax recreational marijuana,
Would you support or oppose a moratorium on fracking? And should the state impose additional renewable energy mandates as a way to address climate change concerns?
Absolutely support a moratorium on fracking; our water is too precious to contaminate. Yes, the state should absolutely support additional renewable energy mandates.
What steps should the Legislature take to address crime and improve public safety?
Fund substance abuse treatment. Pass bill requiring police officers use body cameras or dashboard cameras, bar officers from using deadly force against those suspected of minor or non-violent offenses, require officers to intervene should they witness another officer using excessive force, designate qualified immunity as unacceptable defense against liability.
Do you support or oppose the public’s right to inspect footage taken by cameras worn by law enforcement officers? Under what circumstances, if any, should police video be withheld from the public?
I support the public’s right to inspect footage taken by cameras worn by law enforcement officers. Only during a current investigation when said footage is germane should the footage be withheld, but only temporarily.
Members of New Mexico’s business community contend some state laws and regulations need changing so the state can better compete with Texas and Arizona when it comes to attracting companies. What steps do you believe should be taken to improve New Mexico’s economic competitiveness?
I need more information.
1. Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?
No, I have never been the subject of any state or federal tax liens.
2. Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?
3. Have you ever been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of drunken driving, any misdemeanor or any felony in New Mexico or any other state? If so, explain.
No I have never been arrested for, charged or convicted of drunken driving or any other misdemeanor or felony ever