Legislative Interim Committees: What are they and why they are important
June 21, 2023 6:30 pm via Zoom
The New Mexico Legislature has a number of interim committees that meet between sessions. Much of the preparation for the actual sessions is done in these interim committees. Some of the interim committees start meeting as early as April, but most hold their organizational meetings in June and then hold their committee meetings July through December.
Two of these interim committees, Legislative Finance Committee and Legislative Education Study Committee, have full year-round staff. The other interim committees have a staff person assigned to them by Legislative Council Services.
The interim committees hear presentations from government agencies, outside experts and from advocacy groups, including the League. Many of the interim committees also endorse legislation that will be filed in the upcoming session.
If you are interested in the Legislative process, please join us for this educational event.
If you want to do some preparation for the event, go to: nmlegis.gov and click on “Committees”. Or view the Tentative 2023 Legislative Interim Committees PDF on the legislative website.
The 2023 Legislative Session
The legislative session ran from Jan 17 to March 18. See the Bills we tracked in 2023. For more details on our advocacy, see the Action page.
Watch: Effective Advocacy at the Legislature
Hannah Burling, President of the League of the League of Women Voters of New Mexico stated “For over 15 years the League has been proud to present this forum that prepares the public to be effective advocates at the legislature.” Saturday, January 7, 2023, 10 a.m. to noon.
Learn tips from legislators and an experienced lobbyist about how to interact with legislators, speak at hearings, and advocate for your cause. This is training about the legislative process, not about specific issues. Special Focus on the Budget and Taxes
Senator Mark Moores (R-Albuquerque) – Member of Senate Rules & Judiciary; Representative Kristina Ortez (D-Taos) – Member House Government, Elections & & Indian Affairs and House Energy, Environment & Natural Resources; and Linda Siegle - president of a consulting company focused on lobbying the legislature for non-profit agencies.
A Guide to New Mexico’s Tax System
A useful article from NM Voices for Children: A Guide to New Mexico’s Tax System.
Learn how the state collects money, and why it matters.
New Mexico Listens video
Strengthening democracy through community conversations.
Glimpse some of the recent programs LWVNM offered with support from the NM Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information and to suggest future programs, please contact projects at lwvnm.org.
LWVNM has four local Leagues:
You can join your local League (click on the links above), or
join LWVNM as a Member at Large.
The Legislative Session that ended March 18 was very successful, with lots of good bills passed. Bills we tracked and advocated for in the 2022 session: 2023 Legislative Tracking Sheet. Our Action Committee monitors the legislature every year and advocates for bills on issues we've studied.
The League is leading the
Fair Districts for New Mexico
Project, promoting fair and transparent redistricting for New Mexico.
Please visit the
Fair Districts web site for updates.
Or watch the
Second Video to Promote an Independent Redistricting Commission.
Latest La Palabra
The Spring 2023 La Palabra (PDF, 1.5Mb) newsletter is out.
Call to Convention 2023; President’s Report; Convention Information, Schedule and Registration Form; Legislative Review; HB134 Menstrual Products Passes; Nominating Committee Report; Program Report; Budget Committee Report and Proposed Budgets 2023-5; Local League News.
Keep up to date by reading La Palabra!
For issues of La Palabra dating back to 2005, see the Newsletters page.
How to Contact Your Legislator
Want to connect with your legislator? See our page on Contact Info for New Mexico Legislators.
Want to reach NM’s Congressional delegation? The Congressional toll-free number is 1-866-727-4894. Just ask for your representative or senator. Please remember that you are speaking as an individual and not for the League.