2015 SB 677 Private Right of Action

CVNM Position:
CVNM Priority Vote
Cisco McSorley
Environmental Justice
Legislative Info:
SB 677 on nmlegis.gov »


SB 677 afforded landowners or other affected parties a private right of action to pursue enforcement of environmental laws against violators or agencies who are failing to enforce existing law. An example might be the case of a rural landowner whose groundwater is at risk of contamination by a polluting company; if the state refuses to require the company to stop polluting groundwater; the landowner would have recourse in court.


SB 677 died in the Senate Conservation Committee.

How Legislators Voted on SB 677

  • = Pro Conservation Vote
  • = Anti Conservation Vote
  • A = Absent
  • E = Excused
  • R = Recused
  • W = Abstain
Legislator Party District Office Conservation
Cervantes, Joseph (D) D 31 Senator 2015
Griego, Phil A. (D) D 39 Senator E 2015
Martinez, Richard C. (D) D 5 Senator 2015
McSorley, Cisco (D) D 16 Senator 2015
Payne, William H. (R) R 20 Senator 2015
Ryan, John (R) R 10 Senator 2015
Sharer, William E. (R) R 1 Senator E 2015
Shendo Jr., Benny (D) D 22 Senator 2015
Soules, William P. (D) D 37 Senator 2015
Wirth, Peter (D) D 25 Senator 2015
Woods, Pat (R) R 7 Senator 2015