2009 SB 548 New Emission Standards to Take Effect in 2015

CVNM Position:
Phil A. Griego
Andy Nunez
Effective Government
Energy & Climate Change
Legislative Info:
SB 548 on nmlegis.gov »


SB548 (and its companion HB340) delay the effective date of New Mexico’s “clean cars” rule until 2015. Along with 13 other states representing roughly half of the American population and vehicle fleet, New Mexico has adopted sensible standards for vehicle emissions that are flexible for manufacturers, cost-effective for consumers, and help combat greenhouse gas emissions that are responsible for climate change. Delaying the implementation of New Mexico’s rule would be taking a step backwards while the rest of the country is moving forwards. Moreover, any effort to delay the rule should be pursued in the appropriate forum; CVNM’s understanding is that neither the Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) nor the Governor’s office has received a formal petition for an executive delay.


Both bills passed, but were VETOED by Governor Richardson.

How Legislators Voted on SB 548

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