2005 SB 221 Environmental Civil Penalties Limits

CVNM Position:
Oppose
Year:
2005
Sponsors:
Stuart Ingle
Topics:
Air Quality
Land
Water
Legislative Info:
SB 221 on nmlegis.gov »

Description

A state’s environmental regulations are only as effective as the ability of the agencies to enforce them. Senate Bill 221 would have devastated the Environment Department’s capacity for enforcing New Mexico’s environmental standards by placing a $250,000 cap on fines for breaking environmental laws, no matter how egregious the offense. Furthermore, the agency would not be able to assess penalties on violators more than 2 years after the offense, thereby encouraging polluters to cover up violations in order to avoid the penalties.

Outcome

Passed Senate, but defeated in the House.


How Legislators Voted on SB 221


  • = Pro Conservation Vote
  • = Anti Conservation Vote
  • A = Absent
  • E = Excused
  • R = Recused
  • W = Abstain
Legislator Party District Office Conservation
Vote
Year
Adair, Rod (R) R 33 Senator 2005
Altamirano, Ben (D) D 28 Senator 2005
Asbill, Vernon (R) R 34 Senator 2005
Beffort, Sue Wilson (R) R 19 Senator 2005
Boitano, Mark (R) R 18 Senator 2005
Campos, Pete  (D) D 8 Senator 2005
Carraro, Joseph (R) R 23 Senator A 2005
Cisneros, Carlos R. (D) D 6 Senator 2005
Cravens, Kent (R) R 21 Senator 2005
Duran, Dianna (R) R 40 Senator 2005
Feldman, Dede (D) D 13 Senator 2005
Fidel, Joseph (D) D 30 Senator 2005
Garcia, Mary Jane (D) D 36 Senator 2005
Griego, Phil A. (D) D 39 Senator 2005
Grubesic, John (D) D 25 Senator 2005
Harden, Clinton (R) R 7 Senator 2005
Ingle, Stuart  (R) R 27 Senator 2005
Jennings, Timothy (D) D 32 Senator 2005
Kernan, Gay G. (R) R 42 Senator 2005
Komadina, Steve (R) R 9 Senator 2005
Leavell, Carroll H. (R) R 41 Senator 2005
Lopez, Linda M. (D) D 11 Senator E 2005
Martinez, Richard C. (D) D 5 Senator 2005
McSorley, Cisco (D) D 16 Senator 2005
Nava, Cynthia (D) D 31 Senator 2005
Neville, Steven P. (R) R 2 Senator 2005
Ortiz y Pino, Gerald  (D) D 12 Senator 2005
Papen, Mary Kay (D) D 38 Senator 2005
Payne, William H. (R) R 20 Senator 2005
Pinto, John (D) D 3 Senator 2005
Rainaldi, Lidio (D) D 4 Senator 2005
Rawson, Leonard "Lee" (R) R 37 Senator 2005
Robinson, Shannon (D) D 17 Senator 2005
Rodriguez, Nancy  (D) D 24 Senator 2005
Ryan, John (R) R 10 Senator 2005
Sanchez, Bernadette (D) D 26 Senator 2005
Sanchez, Michael (D) D 29 Senator 2005
Sharer, William E. (R) R 1 Senator 2005
Smith, John Arthur (D) D 35 Senator 2005
Snyder, H. Diane (R) R 15 Senator 2005
Taylor, James (D) D 14 Senator 2005
Tsosie, Leonard (D) D 22 Senator E 2005