|He missed 100 votes…
But not the one to give himself a raise.
|McMillan Missed 70 Votes During The 2015-16 Legislative Session. According to the New Mexico Secretary of State, McMillan missed 22 votes during the 2016 legislative session and 48 votes during the 2015 legislative session. [New Mexico Secretary of State]
McMillan Missed 30 Votes During The 2011-12 Legislative Session. According to New Mexico Votes, McMillan missed 30 votes between 2011 and 2012. [New Mexico Votes, accessed 8/8/16]
McMillan Proposed A Constitutional Amendment For A Salary For Legislators
For McMillan, “Time Away From His Medical Practice Is Money Out Of His Pocket” So He “Has Not Participated In May Of The Interim Committee Meetings Held Between Sessions.” According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, “But McMillan is still a practicing surgeon. Time away from his medical practice is money out of his pocket. And so, while he dutifully treks to Santa Fe each January for the 30-day or 60-day session, he has not participated in many of the interim committee meetings held between sessions. That has been an issue in each of the past two elections, with his retired opponent arguing she would have more time to devote to the job, which is probably true. McMillan noted that no official decisions are made in those meetings, but they are helpful for legislators to hear updates from experts on a lot of the issues they will be voting on during the session.” [Las Cruces Sun-News, 2/7/16]
· McMillan Proposed A Constitutional Amendment That “Would Tie Lawmakers’ Salaries To The Median Household Incomes In New Mexico Of About $41,000, Costing Taxpayers An Additional $4.6 Million A Year.” The Associated Press wrote, “New Mexico may be the nation’s only unsalaried legislature, but it is not at the bottom nationally for compensation. Lawmakers in New Hampshire receive an annual salary of $100, but get no per diem when they meet. On the flip side, California legislators earn more than $90,000 a year, plus daily expenses. New Mexico lawmakers are contemplating whether to add salaries under a proposed constitutional amendment submitted by Rep. Terry McMillan, R-Las Cruces, a surgeon who collected $11,359 in compensation for his legislative work last year. The plan would tie lawmakers’ salaries to the median household incomes in New Mexico of about $41,000, costing taxpayers an additional $4.6 million a year.” [The Associated Press, 2/9/16]
|After being sued for medical malpractice…
He introduced a bill to limit damages against doctors like himself
McMillan Was Sued For Battery After Pushing For An Unnecessary Surgery
[Munson, et al v. McMillan, et al, D-307-CV-201102726, Complaint]
Introduced A Bill To Keep New Mexicans From Suing Doctors
McMillan Sponsored A Bill “That Could Keep New Mexicans Who Are Treated By Texas Doctors From Suing Them For Malpractice In Patient-Friendlier New Mexico Courts.” The Albuquerque Journal wrote “The Legislature came up with a remedy – for now, anyway – to a legal controversy that was clouding the future for New Mexicans seeking health care in neighboring Texas. Lawmakers passed, and Gov. Susana Martinez signed, a bill that could keep New Mexicans who are treated by Texas doctors from suing them for malpractice in patient-friendlier New Mexico courts. The issue arose because of a lawsuit that is pending in the New Mexico Supreme Court. It has caused a stir in the medical community and prompted warnings that health care providers in Texas would stop taking New Mexico patients. The negotiated agreement that emerged from the recent legislative session allows for Texas doctors, hospitals or other health care providers to have their New Mexico patients sign statements accepting the jurisdiction of Texas courts in the event they wanted to sue. New Mexico courts would have to honor those agreements and not hear those cases, under House Bill 270. But in a key compromise, the new law, which takes effect July 1, expires in July 2019. “We have a temporary solution to the problem that will last three years,” said Rep. Terry McMillan, R-Las Cruces, a physician and the bill’s sponsor. By that time, the state Supreme Court should have ruled in the pending case and it would be clearer whether the legislation remains necessary, McMillan said. [Albuquerque Journal, 3/17/16]
|Terry McMillan does a good job representing himself.
But what about us?
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