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Local Leagues in New Mexico

 

LWVNM advocacy is coordinated by the LWVNM Action Committee. All League members are invited to participate in the Action Committee, whether or not they wish to become official League lobbyists.

The Action Committee meets by phone weekly during the legislative session, and monthly throughout the year. Meeting times and agendas, as well as more extensive discussions of proposed legislation, are found on the LWVNM Action mailing list. To join the conference call from your city, please get in touch with the president of your local League, or phone in on your own.

You can receive Action Alerts by subscribing to the LWVNM Action list. To join, send a message to LWVNMAction-subscribe (at) Yahoo Groups dot com. You will receive an email from the group, asking you to confirm your request to join the list - reply to it immediately, and you will be on the mailing list.

Bills We're Tracking

View our Legislative Tracking Sheet: all bills we're actively supporting or opposing. It's updated every few days.

In case you're curious about the "Rocket Docket" that's been talked about so much this year, we have a list of 2019 Rocket Docket bills, though the League wasn't involved in the Rocket Docket.

Track Your Own List of Bills

Interested in bills beyond what's on the LWVNM tracking sheet?

The official NM Legislative site has My Roundhouse, where you can save a list of bills you're interested in and see them all on one page.

As an alternative, the LWVNM webmaster has set up the New Mexico Bill Tracker, which shows additional information, like when bills are scheduled to come up in committee, and can send you daily emails telling you when bills you're tracking are coming up for a vote.

2019 League Priorities and Fact Sheets

Contacting the Legislature

Want to connect with your legislator? See our page on Contact Info for New Mexico Legislators.

Or use Find My Legislator on the New Mexico Legislative website.

Or call the legislative switchboard at (505) 986-4300 during the legislative session to contact your legislator or a legislative staff member.

Guide to the Legislative Website

Live Streaming: You can watch committee hearings while they're taking place via live webcast.

Finding Bills: The Bill Finder provides a list of all bills introduced to date. The titles are usually sufficiently descriptive to determine whether the bill is of interest. Locator reports provide other ways to search: by date of introduction or date of legislative action, or by current location, referrals, actions, etc. You can track bills that are of interest to you by using the My Roundhouse.

To see a complete list of all the bills this session, go to the Legislation List and click Go.

What do the Abbreviations Mean? The page for each bill lists the referrals and actions to date on the bill (use the link to the Key to Abbreviations provided on each page, also available on the left-hand side of most pages) as well as PDF files of the bill as filed, all amendments, and if appropriate the Financial Impact Report, which often contains a useful summary of the bill in addition to the financial analysis.

There's also the very useful Glossary which explains terms like the ones used on the House and Senate Floor Calendars.

When will a bill be discussed? Schedules change frequently. Check the Session Calendar to find out what bills are being discussed and what committees will be meeting.

Find a legislator's sponsored legislation, contact info, and committees: Find My Legislator.

Financial impacts of bills: The Legislative Council Service provides Fiscal Impact Reports (FIRs) for most bills. The FIR provides a general analysis of the bill as well as its fiscal impact and may be found through a link on the bill’s web page. The Attorney General’s office also provides analyses of some bills, which discuss legal and other issues.

Legislative Staff Agencies. A directory of the various Legislative Staff Agencies serving the New Mexico Legislature, such as the Legislative Education Study Committee .

Understanding Government Finances.

Lobbying at the Legislature

League Marchers To help you communicate with your legislators more effectively:


Become a League Lobbyist

At the state level the League lobbies primarily on the basis of its state positions, which reflect the interests of the New Mexico Leagues, supplemented occasionally by national positions. We cannot advocate at the state level on the basis of local League positions that have not been adopted by LWVNM.

If you would like to lobby on behalf of the League of Women Voters of New Mexico, please send us 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 here on the Action page. We have to speak with one voice, so we coordinate who will speak when and share our testimonies. For more information, see How to Testify at the Legislature on Behalf of the League of Women Voters of New Mexico.

An individual representing only himself or herself when speaking with a legislator or other state official or employee is not a lobbyist under the terms of the law. Individuals can be very effective without representing a group. Indeed, the most effective citizen lobbyist is the one who engages with his own state Senator and Representative.

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