Welcome to CVNM’s 2021 Legislative Scorecard! The Conservation Scorecard is our primary tool to hold legislators accountable for the votes they cast. Please use this Scorecard as a tool to push your legislators to continue to reflect your values in their votes. We know that when legislators vote with their constituents’ conservation values, New Mexico communities win.

The 2021 legislative session marked a moment in our state history unlike any other: New Mexico was in the grip of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic that showed no signs of waning. In the weeks leading up to the start of the session, we faced an unprecedented lobbying obstacle: the state’s decision to have a primarily virtual session and close the state capitol to the public.

The 2021 legislative session marked a moment in our state history unlike any other: New Mexico was in the grip of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic that showed no signs of waning.

This was all new terrain to navigate. How would all-virtual committee meetings operate? What tools would we use to engage with the public and the legislature? What kinds of public engagement would still be permitted? In the absence of a physical public presence, would the legislature hear from their constituents? It was clear the broader advocacy and political community needed to be more creative to develop platforms for engagement.

What resulted was a full transformation of the legislature’s access to the public. Testimony was provided remotely and virtually, and written public comment was permitted by email for the first time. Some committees also piloted bilingual committee presentations on key bills, addressing long-standing language barriers experienced by communities.

These steps addressed some significant barriers to public participation in the legislature: the vast distance most communities statewide have between their home and the state capital, and the lack of opportunities to directly influence the political process for the many that can’t take the significant time and resources needed to travel to Santa Fe. As a result, we witnessed a substantial increase in the number of rural community members participating in hearings, sharing their stories with decision-makers, and tracking the political process. This is a huge win for public participation, and one we hope will continue regardless of the format of the session in future years.

The massive uptick in public engagement, along with the fierce tenacity and persistence of advocates pushing for community-centered policy, resulted in the largest number of pro-conservation bills in our organization’s history getting signed into law. We got 11 new laws on the books that will protect our public lands and wildlife, support low-income and rural communities tapping into the renewable energy economy, and modernize some of our state’s environmental regulation and governance. These are historic wins that developed in a uniquely challenging legislative session.

We hope you’ll enjoy reading more about the key policies that moved this past year, and the obstacles we’ve overcome together to get them across the finish line.

Thank you for being a Conservation Voter,

Demis Foster

CVNM Executive Director

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Tell your Legislators that you ‘know the score’

One of the best ways to influence the voting records of your elected officials is to communicate regularly with them. If your legislators scored well, it’s important to thank them and to support them. If you feel you weren’t well-represented by your legislators’ votes, it’s important to hold them accountable by letting them know what you think about their votes. The Scorecard is your key to staying informed on your legislators votes and getting in touch with them.

Communicate with the Governor and your Legislators

Whether you’re congratulating them on their score or expressing your disappointment, be direct, courteous and polite.

The most important part is letting them know that you are paying close attention to how they vote or, in the case of the Governor, what actions she takes on legislation that affects our air, land, and water.

Calling your legislator directly and sending letters through regular mail remain by far the most effective ways to communicate with your legislators.

The Governor and Lieutenant Governor can always be contacted at the State Capitol. Except during the legislative session, state legislators should be contacted in their home districts, as listed on the current Legislators page.

To find your House District number and Representative, visit our map here.

To find your Senate District number and Senator, visit our map here.

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