2011 SB 421 Cultural Property Registration & Acquisition

CVNM Position:
CVNM Priority Vote
Rod Adair
Richard Vigil
Environmental Justice
Legislative Info:
SB 421 on nmlegis.gov »


New Mexico is blessed with rich cultural and sacred sites that are critical to preserving our unique heritage. Contrary to popular belief, establishing a site as a cultural property does not curtail access to minerals or ground resources, if extraction is done responsibly. All tools need to be available to ensure that New Mexico’s treasured sites are protected and preserved for generations to come. This measure (and its companion HB 422) would have jeopardized the designation of sites by imposing daunting obstacles to designation and revoking critical tools.


SB421 died in the Senate Judiciary Committee. HB422 died in the House Judiciary Committee.

How Legislators Voted on SB 421

  • = Pro Conservation Vote
  • = Anti Conservation Vote
  • A = Absent
  • E = Excused
  • R = Recused
  • W = Abstain
Legislator Party District Office Conservation
Adair, Rod (R) R 33 Senator 2011
Eichenberg, Tim (D) D 15 Senator 2011
Fischmann, Stephen (D) D 37 Senator 2011
Griego, Eric (D) D 14 Senator 2011
Griego, Phil A. (D) D 39 Senator E 2011
Harden, Clinton (R) R 7 Senator 2011
Lopez, Linda M. (D) D 11 Senator 2011
Martinez, Richard C. (D) D 5 Senator 2011
McSorley, Cisco (D) D 16 Senator 2011
Payne, William H. (R) R 20 Senator 2011
Rue, Sander (R) R 23 Senator 2011
Ryan, John (R) R 10 Senator E 2011
Sanchez, Bernadette (D) D 26 Senator 2011
Sanchez, Michael (D) D 29 Senator 2011
Sharer, William E. (R) R 1 Senator 2011
Ulibarri, David (D) D 30 Senator 2011
Wirth, Peter (D) D 25 Senator 2011