2006 HB 82 Navajo Nation Electric Generation Tax Credit

CVNM Position:
CVNM Priority Vote
Thomas C. Taylor
Energy & Climate Change
Environmental Justice
Legislative Info:
HB 82 on nmlegis.gov »


New Mexico has made great strides as a leader in producing clean, renewable energy. HB 82 represented a baffling step backwards, by providing a $60 million tax credit for a conventional coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation. Although the Navajo Nation is in need of economic development projects, these efforts cannot and need not come at the expense of the environment or public health.


CVNM attempted unsuccessfully to amend legislation to make the tax credit contingent on the use of cleaner coal technology. HB 82 was rolled into the tax omnibus bill, which included many other tax-related measures. The only stand-alone vote on HB 82 was held in House Business and Industry Committee, which is the vote included here. The tax omnibus bill went to Conference Committee; the report passed the House, but died in the Senate.

How Legislators Voted on HB 82

  • = Pro Conservation Vote
  • = Anti Conservation Vote
  • A = Absent
  • E = Excused
  • R = Recused
  • W = Abstain
Legislator Party District Office Conservation
Balderas, Hector (D) D 68 Representative E 2006
Campos, José (D) D 63 Representative E 2006
Hanosh, George (D) D 6 Representative E 2006
Hobbs, Ted (R) R 20 Representative 2006
Irwin, Dona (D) D 32 Representative 2006
Luna, Fred (D) D 8 Representative 2006
Marquardt, Terry (R) R 53 Representative 2006
Powdrell-Culbert, Jane E. (R) R 44 Representative 2006
Rehm, William "Bill" R. (R) R 31 Representative 2006
Rodella, Debbie A. (D) D 41 Representative 2006
Taylor, Thomas C. (R) R 1 Representative 2006
Trujillo, Jim R. (D) D 45 Representative 2006
Vigil, Richard (D) D 70 Representative 2006