State Representative Kristina Ortez (D)
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246 Maria Luisa Loop
Taos, NM 87571
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Hydrogen Hub Development Act more
Summary: HB 4 allows public-private partnerships (PPP) to establish hydrogen hubs; outlines criteria for hydrogen hubs; outlines process for establishing PPP; creates a hydrogen hub development board and outlines duties; outlines approval process for hydrogen hub projects; tasks the New Mexico Finance Authority with administration and oversight; creates a hydrogen hub project fund; authorizes fund to award up to $250K grants; establishes revenue bonding authority; established refunding bond authority; creates an annual reporting requirement; creates (individual and corporate) hydrogen production and energy generation tax credits; allows for variable GRT deductions based on type of hydrogen produced; tasks the Dept. of the Environment with evaluation and analysis projects; calls for Environmental Improvement Board rules to be promulgated by July 1, 2024; enacts procurement code exemptions; amends the Rural Electric Cooperative and Renewable Energy Acts to include hydrogen projects; specifies methane as a responsibly sourced gas in hydrogen production.
Outcome: HB 4 was tabled and died in House Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee.
Clean Future Act more
Summary: HB 6 establishes state greenhouse gas emissions limits; seeks net zero by 2050 (max 10% of 2005 levels) and reduction to 50% of 2005 levels by 2030; grants EMNRD authority to access resources and coordinate with other agencies to meet reduction targets; calls for promulgation of rules by June 30, 2025 by the environmental improvement board for reductions, subject to the Air Quality Control Act; outlines content of rules; creates a non-reverting state climate fund for administering and enforcing the rules.
Outcome: HB 6 passed the House committees, but died on the House calendar.
Community Energy Efficiency Dev Block Grant more
Summary: HB 37 creates new state grant program for low-income households, including requirements, selection criteria, administration; creates reporting requirement for public utilities related to energy efficiency efforts, due by end of 2023.
Outcome: HB 37 passed the House 44-24, and the Senate 26-14 and was signed by the Governor on February 28, 2022.
Storage of Certain Radioactive Waste more
Summary: HB 127 amends the Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Act to expand membership on radioactive waste consultation task force; expands duties of task force to include private disposal facilities; adds annual meeting requirement; adds language to NM Stat § 74-4A-11.1 to prohibit storage and disposal of radioactive waste in the state & prohibit permitting for construction or operation of a disposal facility in the state.
Outcome: HB 127 passed the House committees, but was tabled and died on the House Floor.
Uranium Mine Cleanup more
Summary: HB 164 outlines Department of Environment duties for clean-up and reclamation of former uranium mine and mill sites; tasks other departments, offices, and agencies to collaborate (EMNRD, Indian affairs, office of natural resources trustee, state land office; depts. of fish and game, cultural affairs, health, workforce solutions, and economic development); duties include the development of a strategic plan and a mechanism for consultation and coordination with the federal government and directly impacted communities; requires annual reporting to the radioactive and hazardous materials committee and the creation of a Dept. of Environment uranium mine reclamation coordinator position; creates the uranium mining reclamation revolving fund; appropriates $350,000 general fund dollars to Dept. of Environment for FY23 for purposes outlined.
Outcome: HB 164 passed the House 64-0, and the Senate 26-0 and was signed by the Governor on March 1, 2022
Environmental Rights, CA more
Summary: HJR 2 amends state constitution to add a declaration of environmental rights and establishes state “political subdivisions” as trustee of state natural resources; repeals Section 21 of Article 20, which delegates pollution control to the legislature.
Outcome: HJR 2 was tabled and died in House Judiciary Committee
Enacting the Clean Fuel Standard Act more
Summary: SB 14 establishes a state clean fuel standard aimed at reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuels used in NM; sets specific reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions - 20% of 2018 levels by 2030, 40% by 2040; outlines related rules NMED must implement within two years of the bill's effective date; creates a credit system and a clean fuel standard fund in order to fund the administration of the clean fuel standard.
Outcome: SB 14 passed the Senate 25-16, but failed and died on the House Floor.
Intimidation of Election Workers more
Summary: As amended, SB 144 would have made significant steps towards modernizing and securing New Mexico's electoral process.
Outcome: SB 144 passed the Senate 38-0, and the House 39-30, but failed on concurrence.
Climate Solutions Act more
Summary: HB 9 called for the convening of a sustainable economic development subgroup to develop a strategic plan to support attaining net-zero emission levels by 2050. It also established statewide greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.
Outcome: HB 9 died in the House State Government, Elections & Indian Affairs Committee.
Sustainable Building Tax Credit more
Summary: HB 15 extends and expands the sustainable building tax credit and adds incentives involving LEED. The existing tax credit is applied to construction begun prior to 2021 and completed by the end of 2021.
Outcome: HB 15 passed the House 48-22 and the Senate 29-6. The bill was signed by the Governor on April 6, 2021.
Private Right of Action for Certain Statutes more
Summary: HB 50 enabled private parties to file civil lawsuits for violations of environmental statutes.
Outcome: HB 50 passed out of committee but died on the House calendar.
Environmental Database Act more
Summary: HB 51 creates a centralized, map-based, searchable website to provide various geographic data, information on public health, wildlife status, and other interrelated environmental and energy industry data in order to enhance transparency and interagency cooperation.
Outcome: HB 51 passed the House 44-25 and the Senate 29-12. The bill was signed by the Governor on April 7, 2021.
EIB Permit Denial for Poor Performance more
Summary: HB 76 allows the Environmental Improvement Board to revoke permits for projects if companies refuse to disclose information, misrepresent material facts, have prior court convictions, operate without a permit, or have a previous revocation.
Outcome: HB 76 passed the House 42-26 and the Senate 23-15. The bill was signed by the Governor on April 6, 2021.
Water Trust Board Projects & NM Unit Fund more
Summary: HB 200 prevents NM Unit Fund monies from being used on any diversion of the Gila River and redirects funding to meet water supply demands in the southwest water planning region of New Mexico.
Outcome: HB 200 passed the House 43-24 and the Senate 26-15. The bill was signed by the Governor on April 5, 2021.
Utility Affordability & Relief Act more
Summary: HB 206 prevented utility services from being disconnected for customers impacted by Covid-19, created a bill relief program, and funds for low-income household energy efficiency efforts.
Outcome: HB 206 passed the House 39-31, but died in the Senate Finance Committee.
Natural Resources & Lands Protection more
Summary: HB 265 offered technical fixes to the Natural Lands Protection Act and Natural Heritage Conservation Act to allow state agencies to directly acquire and manage lands, and conservation and restoration-focused nonprofits to apply directly for restoration and conservation funding.
Outcome: HB 265 passed the House 40-29, but died in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Improvement Special Assessment Act more
Summary: HB 299 authorized special assessment programs to be authorized to support energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, resiliency, and other implements. It would have also provided more financial tools for homeworkers to make households more energy efficient.
Outcome: HB 299 passed the House 42-26, but died in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Local Government Air Quality Regulations more
Summary: SB 8 allows state agencies and local boards to adopt rules that ensure a maximum ozone concentration of 95 percent of the national ambient air quality standard for ozone. It also allows the state to adopt rules that are stronger than current federal standards.
Outcome: SB 8 passed the Senate 23-15 and the House 39-29. The bill was signed by the Governor on April 8, 2021.
Clean Fuel Standard Act more
Summary: SB 11 established a state clean fuel standard, and set specific reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions.
Outcome: SB 11 passed the Senate 25-14, but died on the House calendar.
Wildlife Conservation & Public Safety Act more
Summary: SB 32 bans the use of non-essential traps, snares and wildlife poisons on public lands in New Mexico.
Outcome: SB 32 passed the Senate 23-16 and the House 35-34. The bill was signed by the Governor on April 5, 2021.
Community Solar Act more
Summary: SB 84 increases access to renewable energy resources by creating a subscriber-based community solar program.
Outcome: SB 84 passed the Senate 27-14 and the House 44-3. The bill was signed by the Governor on April 5, 2021.
Sustainable Economy Task Force more
Summary: SB 112 establishes a task force that will develop a strategic plan and identify ways to develop a sustainable economy with diversified revenues, especially for communities dependent on natural resource extraction.
Outcome: SB 112 passed the Senate 25-16 and the House 40-25. It was signed by the Governor on April 5, 2021.