The Action Committee tracks legislation during legislative sessions and keeps an eye on potential legislation throughout the year. LWVNM may lobby in support of or in opposition to specific pieces of legislation provided that LWVNM has a position at the state-wide or national level that is relevant. The Action Committee coordinates the lobbying activities of several of the other LWVNM committees. To join the Action Committee, please contact Richard or Barbara. LWVNM needs individuals able to track bills via the legislative website and keep others updated on their progress, and those willing to "lobby from their living room". People who are able to attend committee meetings in Santa Fe at short notice are also needed.
To receive regular updates during the legislative session, please join the LWVNM Topics listserv.
(Co-chairs: Barbara Calef and Judy Williams)
The Natural Resources Committee follows current developments in the state related to natural resources year-round and advocates on the basis of our position.
(Judy Williams, Dick Mason, Akkana Peck)
The Health Care Committee keeps track of ongoing developments in health care legislation and advocates for or against health care related bills in the legislature based on our positions.
We usually have several shorter-term committees working on ongoing projects.
The LWV's 100th Anniversary is coming up in 2020. The LWVNM is researching our League's history and will hold a Centennial celebration on Sunday, Aug 23, 2020. (Web page coming soon.)
The upcoming 2020 US Census is an area of critical concern for New Mexico. The LWVNM has made the 2020 census a priority: we will be trying to assist New Mexico's count with education and outreach.
Spent nuclear fuel from the 99 commercial nuclear reactors in the US is currently being stored in 74 locations in 34 states. Two sites are currently being considered for interim storage: Andrews County, TX, which is about 10 mi from Hobbs, NM; and the Eddy Lee Energy Alliance, halfway between Carlsbad and Hobbs.
Originally conceived as a study, the Nuclear Waste Storage committee has become an advocacy committee for safety in nuclear waste storage, based the LWVUS national positions.
Karen Douglas, Chair
The two-year Judicial Selection study, approved at the April 2019 state convention, will examine qualification and selection of judges of the lower courts of New Mexico: specifically, magistrate courts, municipal courts, and probate courts. Currently these judges are elected in partisan elections, and the requirements are minimal. The study would explore whether requirements should be stronger: in particular, whether all judges in New Mexico should be attorneys. It will also examine whether judicial elections should be nonpartisan.
The study will be led by Suzanne Ronneau.