2015 HB 494 Community Health Study Fund & Uranium Mining

CVNM Position:
Georgene Louis
Benny Shendo Jr.
Environmental Justice
Legislative Info:
HB 494 on nmlegis.gov »


Pollution, like legacy waste sites from uranium mining, not only endangers natural resources but also poses severe risks to public health. However, there is currently no process in place to study the impacts that environmental degradation has on the quality of health over time. HB 494 (and its companion SB 610) began to address this by creating a community health study fund, paid for by fines assessed to companies directly responsible for contamination.


HB 494 died in the House Health Committee. SB 610 died in the Senate Conservation Committee.

How Legislators Voted on HB 494

  • = Pro Conservation Vote
  • = Anti Conservation Vote
  • A = Absent
  • E = Excused
  • R = Recused
  • W = Abstain
Legislator Party District Office Conservation
Armstrong, Deborah A. (D) D 17 Representative 2015
Chasey, Gail (D) D 18 Representative 2015
Fajardo, Kelly K. (R) R 7 Representative 2015
Louis, Georgene (D) D 26 Representative 2015
Madalena, James Roger (D) D 65 Representative 2015
McMillan, Terry (R) R 37 Representative 2015
Nunez, Andy (R) R 36 Representative 2015
Salazar, Nick L. (D) D 40 Representative E 2015
Tripp, Don (R) R 49 Representative 2015
Zimmerman, John (R) R 39 Representative 2015