LWVNM Action Committee
LWVNM advocacy at the state level 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 mailing list.
Upcoming Events for the 2024 Session
- Oct 12, 10am: Educational on Legislative Council Services, at the State Capitol and Zoom
- November: Educational on Reserve Funds
- January 2-12: Legislation may be pre-filed
- January 6: Advocacy Workshop, 10am to noon
- January 11, 6pm: Legislative Prep (Zoom, members and invited guests)
- January 16: Legislature opens
- January 24, evening: LWVNM Legislative Reception
- January 25: League Day at the Legislature, focusing on Redistricting & Budget
For a full list of our upcoming events, see our Calendar page.
Watch: Legislative Interim Committees: What are they and why they are important?
A Zoom video from June 21, 2023.
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.
The 2023 Legislative session
The legislative session ran from Jan 17 to March 18. View our Legislative Tracking Sheet showing the bills we advocated for or against.
For help on advocating for or against bills, see the Advocacy Workshop, below.
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.
Watch: Effective Advocacy at the Legislature, 2023
To help you communicate with your legislators more effectively, The League gives an annual workshop on Effective Citizen Advocacy at the Legislature.
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
2023 Speakers: 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.
- 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