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

Priority Bill # Title Sponsors Topics CVNM
HB 9 Community Solar Act   more Brian F. Egolf
Andrea A. Romero
Patricia Roybal Caballero
Antoinette Sedillo Lopez
Elizabeth Stefanics
Support 2020
HB 11 PRC Reorganization & Transfer Duties   more Nathan P. Small
Linda M. Trujillo
Support 2020
HB 173 Gas Taxes, New Funds & Distributions   more Matthew McQueen
Support 2020
HB 201 Energy Storage System Tax Credit Changes   more Abbas Akhil
Support 2020
HB 217 Electric Vehicle Income Tax Credit   more Micaela Lara Cadena
Matthews Marian
Javier Martínez
Jim R. Trujillo
Pat Woods
Support 2020
HB 318 Oil & Gas Tax Changes   more Phelps Anderson
Rod Montoya
Larry R. Scott
James R.J. Strickler
Oppose 2020
HM 29 Energy Operating Bonding Amounts   more Matthew McQueen
Support 2020
SB 29 Solar Market Development Income Tax Credit   more Mimi Stewart
Matthew McQueen
Support 2020
SB 33 Study Funding for Nongame Species Conservation   more William P. Soules
Support 2020
SB 75 Wildlife Trafficking Act   more Mimi Stewart
Support 2020
SB 95 Radioactive Waste Consultation Task Force   more Jeff Steinborn
Matthew McQueen
Support 2020
SB 114 Community Energy Efficiency Development Grant   more Gerald Ortiz y Pino
Andrea A. Romero
Support 2020
SB 180 Fees for Used Oil Businesses   more Elizabeth Stefanics
Support 2020

Know the Score > Take Action

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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.

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