2010 HB 259 Private Action to Enforce Enviro Statutes
- CVNM Position:
- CVNM Priority Vote
- Environmental Justice
- Legislative Info:
- HB 259 on nmlegis.gov »
Currently, New Mexicans can only sue polluters for damages to their health or property after the fact. HB259 would have allowed private citizens who are adversely affected by illegal pollution the right to take violators to court to stop the pollution. Any penalties imposed would have accrued to the state. When we're facing a budget crisis, and agencies already have limited resources for enforcement, this bill would have given New Mexicans a critical tool to protect their families and clean up their communities.
Defeated in the House.
How Legislators Voted on HB 259
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