LWVNM Action Committee
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 Zoom weekly during the legislative session, and monthly throughout the year.
You can receive Action Alerts, participate in the discussion and receive notices of meetngs by subscribing to the LWVNM Action list.
2022 Session Ran Jan 18 - Feb 17
Bills we tracked in the 2022 session: 2022 Legislative Tracking Sheet.
We also held our annual Advocacy Workshop: see that page for useful documents related to our advocacy efforts.
February 3 was League Day, held online. Details and documents: 2022 League Day and Legislative Reception.
- Legislative Priorities for the 2022 Legislative session (Word: LWV22egPrioritiesFinal.doc)
- Legislative Priorities for Natural Resources 2022 (Word: LWV2022NRFactsheet.doc)
- Legislative Priorities for Voting 2022 (Word: LWV2022VotingFinal.doc)
- Legislative Priority – Redistricting Reform 2022 (Word: LWV22redistFactFinal.doc)
- Legislative Priorities for Fairness, Finance, and Taxes 2022 (Word: LWV22taxFactsFinal.doc)
- Legislative Priorities for Education (PDF: LWVNM2022EducationFactsheetFinal.pdf, Word: LWVNM2022EducationFactsheetFinal.doc, plus Justification for Education bills, with citations from our Education position)
- Legislative Priorities for Setting Salaries for Elected Officials, 2022 (Word: PublicOfficerSalariesFactSheetfinal.doc)
League Day Presentations
Amber Wallin, ED of NM Voices for Children, gave us important information on taxes as well as child wellbeing in New Mexico.
- Social Security tax exemption brief
- Guide to the New Mexico Tax System
- Guide to the New Mexico State Budget
- Amber's Slides for League Day: Child Well-Being and the 2022 Legislative Session
Tom Solomon of 350NM briefed us on hydrogen and why it matters in the legislative session:
Contacting the Legislature
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.
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.
Lobbying at the Legislature
To help you communicate with your legislators more effectively:
- The League gives an annual workshop on Effective Citizen Advocacy at the Legislature. Watch videos of the workshops:
- How to Testify at the Legislature on Behalf of the League of Women Voters of New Mexico (PDF)
- Tips for Testifying Effectively
- Senator Peter Wirth's Top 10 Tips for Citizen Advocacy (PDF)
- How to Find a Legislator during the Session (PDF)
- Guide to the New Mexico Legislative Website (PDF)
- NMLegis.gov, the New Mexico Legislature's website
Bills We Tracked in 2021
View our 2021 Legislative Tracking Sheet: all bills we actively support or oppose.
Fact sheets on 2021 bills and issues: