2013 HB 259 Recover Damages For Natural Resource Injuries

CVNM Position:
CVNM Priority Vote
Emily Kane
Environmental Justice
Wildlife & Habitat Conservation
Legislative Info:
HB 259 on nmlegis.gov »


HB 259 was crafted around the “polluter pays” principle, which holds that no one should be able to damage or destroy public resources without making compensation. This measure would have allowed the state Natural Resources Trustee to pursue, within strict limits, an entity that damages resources held in trust for all New Mexicans. It maintained all current options for the state through federal law (e.g. Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act or CERCLA), and prohibits double penalties.


HB 259 died in the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

How Legislators Voted on HB 259

  • = Pro Conservation Vote
  • = Anti Conservation Vote
  • A = Absent
  • E = Excused
  • R = Recused
  • W = Abstain
Legislator Party District Office Conservation
Bratton, Donald E. (R) R 62 Representative 2013
Easley, Stephen (D) D 50 Representative 2013
Egolf, Brian F. (D) D 47 Representative 2013
Ezzell, Candy Spence (R) R 58 Representative 2013
Gonzales, Roberto "Bobby" J. (D) D 42 Representative E 2013
Gray, William "Bill" J. (R) R 54 Representative 2013
Kane, Emily (D) D 15 Representative 2013
Lewis, Tim D. (R) R 60 Representative 2013
Madalena, James Roger (D) D 65 Representative 2013
McCamley, Bill (D) D 33 Representative 2013
Steinborn, Jeff (D) D 35 Representative 2013
Strickler, James R.J. (R) R 2 Representative 2013