Key Conservation Issues

Although many issues affect the health of our environment and communities, you will notice that only a handful are discussed here. They are the main issues addressed by the legislation included in this year’s Scorecard. As we add the votes and scores from past and future years, we will also add more information on other issues.

Air Quality

Air quality is a significant and growing concern in New Mexico. Experts link exposure to air pollutants to many adverse health effects, including exacerbation of asthma symptoms, diminished lung function, birth deformities, cardiovascular disease and childhood cancer. As many New Mexico families understand all too well, one of the most common health conditions caused or …
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Effective Government

Effective government (or “good government”) refers to the way in which elected officials exercise their political authority to serve their constituencies. Good governance, with respect to the environment, requires that decisions are made and implemented using legitimate (legal), transparent, participatory, responsive and equitable processes to achieve effective policies that protect New Mexico’s communities and natural resources. …
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Energy & Climate Change

Relying on oil, coal, and natural gas for the bulk of our energy needs is ultimately a losing proposition. Fossil fuels will peak and run out someday. In the meantime, they’re becoming increasingly less efficient and more environmentally harmful to extract. Burning them perpetuates so many problems (water, soil and air contamination, habitat destruction, oil …
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Environmental Justice

One of the greatest tragedies of “economic progress” is the wildly disproportionate burden of environmental hazards suffered by low-income communities, especially those of color. Certain communities suffer staggering health problems simply because they lack the power to fight back against polluting industries. Most Americans would immediately recognize this as unfair. Unfortunately, these communities also lack …
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Land

Acequias & Land Grants Acequias are community ditches or irrigation canals that are essential to northern New Mexican agricultural tradition and culture. Any proposed legislation that has the potential to positively or negatively impact acequia function or culture — usually pertaining to land use or water law – will be included in this issue category. …
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Water

In the desert, more than most places, we are constantly reminded that without a clean, sustainable supply of water, we couldn’t survive. The challenge of meeting the growing demands for water with the same limited supply, and how we meet that challenge, is likely to define the future of our Land of Enchantment. Most New Mexican …
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Wildlife & Habitat Conservation

The Land of Enchantment’s color palette is overflowing, from red rocks and vivid sunsets to rich green bosque and deep blue sky. We have it all: majestic mountains, lush valleys, stunning mesas and scenic desert landscapes. New Mexicans have a profound appreciation of the breathtaking beauty of our state and know that we are lucky to call it …
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Bills

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 9 Climate Solutions Act   more Brian F. Egolf
Angelica Rubio
Nathan P. Small
Melanie A. Stansbury
Mimi Stewart
Support 2021
HB 15 Sustainable Building Tax Credit   more Tara L. Lujan
Javier Martínez
Kristina Ortez
Linda Serrato
Support 2021
HB 26 Exclude Greenfields from Certain Taxes   more G. Andrés Romero
Support 2021
HB 50 Private Right of Action for Certain Statutes   more Georgene Louis
Support 2021
HB 51 Environmental Database Act   more Gail Chasey
Georgene Louis
Mimi Stewart
Support 2021
HB 76 EIB Permit Denial for Poor Performance   more Christine Chandler
Linda Serrato
Support 2021
HB 200 Water Trust Board Projects & NM Unit Fund   more Matthew McQueen
Nathan P. Small
Siah Correa Hemphill
Mimi Stewart
Support 2021
HB 206 Utility Affordability & Relief Act   more Joanne J. Ferrary
Kristina Ortez
Andrea A. Romero
Angelica Rubio
Melanie A. Stansbury
Support 2021
HB 265 Natural Resources & Lands Protection   more Kristina Ortez
Support 2021
HB 299 Improvement Special Assessment Act   more Nathan P. Small
Support 2021
SB 8 Local Government Air Quality Regulations   more Linda M. Lopez
Peter Wirth
Christine Chandler
Nathan P. Small
Support 2021
SB 11 Clean Fuel Standard Act   more Mimi Stewart
Nathan P. Small
Support 2021
SB 32 Wildlife Conservation & Public Safety Act   more Roberto J. Gonzales
Brenda G. McKenna
Christine Chandler
Matthew McQueen
Support 2021
SB 84 Community Solar Act   more Linda M. Lopez
Elizabeth Stefanics
Patricia Roybal Caballero
Support 2021
SB 86 Use of Water for Oil & Gas Operations   more Antoinette Sedillo Lopez
Elizabeth Stefanics
Support 2021
SB 103 Restricting Use of Neonicotinoid Pesticide   more Mimi Stewart
Support 2021
SB 112 Sustainable Economy Task Force   more Mimi Stewart
Support 2021
SB 149 Prohibit New Fracking Licenses   more Antoinette Sedillo Lopez
Patricia Roybal Caballero
Support 2021
SB 155 Energy Transition Act Changes   more Antoinette Sedillo Lopez
Elizabeth Stefanics
Bill Tallman
Oppose 2021
SB 419 Narrow Landowner Animal Takings   more Jeff Steinborn
Mimi Stewart
Support 2021
SJR 3 Environmental Rights, CA   more Harold Pope
Antoinette Sedillo Lopez
William P. Soules
Joanne J. Ferrary
Support 2021

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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.

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