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By The Numbers

[ Photo: Franklin Peak, Nate Gillette / No Barriers ]

CVNM has published our Conservation Scorecard annually since 2005. A lot has changed from 2005 to 2023 in the way legislators represent the voices of everyday New Mexicans and our strong conservation values?

The big news from this session is the huge leap in legislators who earned a 100% pro-conservation score: 32 House members and 16 Senators representing 43% of all legislators. This is unprecedented and shows the results of a concerted effort by CVNM and its allies, beginning with the 2018 election cycle, to build a pro-conservation legislature whose members reflect conservation values across the state’s diverse communities.

However, the average pro-conservation score has held steady in a narrow range even with the sharp rise in 100% scores. This is the result of the growing polarization in the New Mexico legislature, mirroring what has been happening across the country. Democrats have averaged pro-conservation scores in the high 80s and low 90s since 2015/16 in the House and 2017/2018 in the Senate. Starting in the middle of the Governor Martinez administration, the average House Republican pro-conservation score plummeted into the low teens and has continued that way (with one exception) for a decade, dropping from 40% in 2005/6 to 15% the last four years. On the Senate side, there was actually a steady increase in pro-conservation voting in the latter part of the Martinez administration, but that collapsed and Senate Republicans are near their all-time low in supporting conservation.

This polarization on conservation and climate action comes in the face of annual polls going back many years that consistently show an overwhelming majority of New Mexicans want increased support for conservation and public lands access, and majority support for climate-related legislation. The bipartisan vote in 2023 for SB 9 laid the foundation for sustainable long-term funding for a wide range of conservation and restoration programs at six state agencies is a bright spot in an otherwise dismal and unnecessarily partisan environment given the values everyday New Mexicans want their legislators to defend and promote.

100%’ers and 0%’ers
By Chamber

Average Scores by Chamber

CVNM’s Cycle of Accountability

CVNM’s work to report to you about how your legislators voted on key conservation policy during each legislative session is part of our strategic approach to building power for the environment and ensuring New Mexicans’ air, land and water is protected. We call this approach the “Cycle of Accountability.”

Click on the name or number of any specific piece of legislation, and you’ll be directed to an individual page that features a description of the piece of legislation or amendment, the outcome of the measure, each legislator’s voting record, and more. Click on an issue name to learn more about that topic, and to see the full list of related Scorecard votes.

Topics:

  • Air Quality Air Quality
  • Effective Government Effective
    Government
  • Energy & Climate Change Energy &
    Climate Change
  • Environmental Justice Environmental
    Justice
  • Land Land
  • Water Water
  • Wildlife & Habitat Conservation Wildlife & Habitat
    Conservation

Priority Bill # Title Sponsors Topics CVNM
Position
Year
HB 4 Voting Rights Protections   more Gail Chasey
D. Wonda Johnson
Raymundo Lara
Javier Martínez
Katy M. Duhigg
Support 2023
HB 42 Public Health and Climate Resiliency   more Kristina Ortez
Reena Szczepanski
Elizabeth Thomson
Elizabeth Stefanics
Support 2023
HB 121 Water Right Lease Effective Date   more Christine Chandler
Susan K. Herrera
Peter Wirth
Support 2023
HB 174 Underground Injection Fund   more Meredith A. Dixon
Nathan P. Small
Oppose 2023
HB 184 State Game Commission Changes   more Matthew McQueen
Crystal R. Diamond
Support 2023
HB 185 Enviro Standards for Appliances & Fixtures   more Kristina Ortez
Patricia Roybal Caballero
Support 2023
HB 188 Economic Transition Division   more Anthony Allison
D. Wonda Johnson
Kristina Ortez
Angelica Rubio
Linda Serrato
Support 2023
HB 218 Low-Income Public Utility Rates   more Cynthia Borrego
Derrick J. Lente
Kristina Ortez
Angelica Rubio
Mimi Stewart
Support 2023
HB 261 Expand Unlawful Taking of Big Game   more D. Wonda Johnson
Kristina Ortez
Gregg Schmedes
Support 2023
HB 276 Oil & Gas Permit Applications   more Christine Chandler
Andrea A. Romero
Support 2023
HJR 8 Legislative Salaries, CA   more Joy Garratt
Susan K. Herrera
Kristina Ortez
Angelica Rubio
Debra M. Sariñana
Support 2023
SB 9 Create Legacy Permanent Funds   more Steven P. Neville
Peter Wirth
Support 2023
SB 9/a Create Legacy Permanent Funds, floor amendment   more Steven P. Neville
Peter Wirth
Support 2023
SB 53 Storage of Certain Radioactive Waste   more Jeff Steinborn
Matthew McQueen
Patricia Roybal Caballero
Debra M. Sariñana
Support 2023
SB 56 Distributed Generation Facility Supply Cap   more William P. Soules
Support 2023
SB 164 Future Oil & Gas Lease Royalty Rates   more Harold Pope
Bill Tallman
Debra M. Sariñana
Support 2023
SB 418 Oil & Gas Act Changes   more Leo Jaramillo
Support 2023
SB 439 Leg. Approval for Certain Land Purchases   more Crystal R. Diamond
George K. Munoz
William E. Sharer
Oppose 2023
SB 520 Clean Future Act   more Mimi Stewart
Support 2023