Thursday, February 18, 2021

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10:30 am Welcoming comments from LWVNM President Hannah Burling New Mexico

10:45 - 11:30 am Redistricting Reform Legislation

Edward Chavez, Former New Mexico Supreme Court Justice

Justice Chavez is a former Justice and Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court. Chavez was born in Santa Fe. He was appointed to the Supreme Court by Governor Bill Richardson and served from March 10, 2003 to March 2018. Justice Chavez oversaw the litigation concerning the New Mexico House Redistricting maps in 2011. Justice Chavez received his undergraduate degree from Eastern New Mexico University in 1978 and his J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1981. Justice Chavez was the co-Chair of the 2020 New Mexico First Redistricting Task Force.

11:30 am - 12:30pm Taxes and Funding for Essential Services

Amber Wallin MPA, Deputy Director, New Mexico Voices for Children

Amber oversees New Mexico Voices for Children's research and policy work. She also manages the KIDS COUNT program and does policy research on education, tax and budget, hunger, and economic issues. She joined NM Voices in 2012 as a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Fellow, after which she was a Research and Policy Analyst Amber has worked in the public sector at the municipal, state, and federal levels, working in the government department at New Mexico State University and the budget department at the city of Las Cruces prior to joining the Voices team. Voices oversees the Fairness Project that advocates for fair taxation and revenue for essential services.The LWVNM is a member of the Fairness Project.

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