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Local Leagues in New Mexico

 

Testifying at the Legislature on Behalf of the LWVNM

Legislative committees value the views of LWVNM because they know we are a respected non-partisan organization that develops positions only after careful study and consensus that they are in the public interest.

If you would like to lobby on behalf of the League of Women Voters of New Mexico, please contact leaders (at) lwvnm (dot) org to send an email with your phone number and local League’s name. Let us know your expertise and your issue areas, so we can collaborate effectively. To ensure that legislators receive concise information on advocacy issues, League leaders prepare fact sheets on our positions and the bills we support and oppose. These are posted on the Action page of our website. We have to speak with one voice, so we coordinate who will speak when and share our testimonies.

If you are speaking as a citizen, you do not have to register as a lobbyist. If you are speaking for the League, you must submit a notarized lobbyist registration form and a signed organization authorization form (signed by the LWVNM president or vice president) in advance of lobbying. In rare, emergency situations where we cannot be present, we have asked individual members to present our testimony for us. Registration and authorization forms can be found at the Secretary of State's website. There is no charge for uncompensated lobbyists, and the forms can be faxed to (505) 827-8403 at the Secretary of State’s office. Staff prefers that they be mailed to the Bureau of Elections, Ethics Administration 325 Don Gaspar, Suite 300, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 or dropped off. For more information, call (505) 827-3600 or (800) 477-3632. (Please note that paid lobbyists have to pay a $50 registration fee for each organization they represent, and they must submit periodic financial reports, which we do not.)

If you are asked and authorized to speak for the League at legislative hearings during the public input period, we suggest the following protocol. Arrive early and be sure to sign in as soon as possible on the “wish-to-comment” sheet if there is one on the document table in the meeting room (using your name, LWVNM as the organization, and leaders (at) lwvnm (dot) org for the contact information).

If you wish to present the appropriate fact sheet as a handout for committee members, be sure to make a few extra copies for staff liaisons. Before the hearing starts, give those copies to the Legislative staff member and ask that they be handed out to committee members when you speak or when it is convenient.

If you want to increase the odds that the committee will look at the fact sheet before the hearing, you can provide copies to the office of chair of that committee a few days before the meeting so that it may be reviewed, approved, and included in the meeting packet.

Using the prepared remarks on the fact sheet, avoid repeating points made by previous speakers by summarizing points of agreement. Address the chair before you begin your remarks. When responding to questions from a committee member, be sure to address the chair first and then the committee member.

After answering questions, thank the chair and the committee for considering the views of LWVNM and for providing the best policies for the citizens of New Mexico.

For more information, contact action (at) lwvnm (dot) org or president (at) lwvnm (dot) org. Thank you.