February 21 NMMOP Legislative Update- copy

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NMMOP  is making it easy to advocate for certain important bills that NMMOP is supporting. Email updates are being sent out, providing information about which bills are scheduled for hearings, including the name of the Committee, date, time, and location. We are offering Talking Points on each bill, as well as links to Committee members and their contact information, to make it easy to call and/or email your legislators in support of the bill(s).

Once a bill is scheduled for a hearing, things can move quickly. We recommend signing up to receive our email updates directly. To receive email updates, contact Ishwari Sollohub at ishwarisollohub12@gmail.com. Provide your name, email, phone number, address (include your House and Senate Districts, if you know them). We will do our best to keep you apprised of the status of these bills. For the most up-to-date information, go to www.nmlegis.gov directly.

Scroll to the bottom of this update to see an evolving list of the bills NMMOP is supporting.

FEBRUARY 21 UPDATE

Dear Legislative Advocate, Thank you for your participation in the legislative process.

TAKE ACTION Please consider calling and/or emailing members of these Committees to express your support of these bills. As always, be sure to be courteous, concise, and accurate. If a Representative or Senator is from your district, be sure to tell them that you are a constituent.

Scroll down for Talking Points and Committee Member information. A complete list of the bills NMMOP is following is at the bottom of this email.

Current Action on Bills

HB 4 – State Ethics Commission Act – Scheduled in HJC, Friday, Feb. 22, 1:30 pm, Room 309

HB 169 – Public Corruption Act – Scheduled in HJC, Friday, Feb. 22, 1:30 pm, Room 309

SB 303 – Public Corruption Act (identical to HB 169) – Scheduled in SPAC, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2 pm, Rm 321

HB 428 – Secretary of State Candidates in Voter Action Act – Passed HSEIC, waiting to be scheduled in SRC.

HB 462 – Secretary of State and Attorney General Candidates in Voter Action Act – Passed HSEIC, waiting to be scheduled in SRC.

HB 93 – Primary Election Participation by DTS Voters – Passed HSEIC. Waiting to be scheduled in HJC.

HB 84 – Auto Voter Reg at MVD and Other State Agencies – Passed on House Floor. Waiting for Senate referrals.

HB 86 – Election Day & Early Voting Registration – Passed on House Floor. Waiting for Senate referrals.

SB 3 – Campaign Finance Reporting – Passed Senate Floor. Waiting to be scheduled in HJC.

SB 4 – Campaign Public Finance Changes – Passed on Senate Floor. Waiting for House referrals.

Please note: These notices are intended for use by citizen advocates. We recommend identifying yourself as a concerned citizen and a supporter of New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics. If you want to become a registered lobbyist for NMMOP, contact John House, NMMOP President, at info@nmmop.org.

Talking Points

HB 169 – Public Corruption Act, sponsored by McQueen

(Identical to SB 303, sponsored by Rep. McQueen and Sen. Moores)

Bill is a public corruption statute which states that a public official who is convicted of or pleads guilty or nolo contendere to a public corruption offense shall, in addition to the penalties for the underlying offense prescribed in the Criminal Sentencing Act, forfeit service credit accrued pursuant to the Public Employees Retirement Act during all periods of service as a public official.

  1. Bill provides an additional deterrent to public officials committing felonies such as forgery or embezzlement in their public capacity.
  2. Bill reinforces the concept that serving as a public official requires a high level of integrity, and that public officials have a duty to the public to perform their jobs in a professional and ethical manner.

Committees

House Judiciary Committee

Senate Public Affairs Committee

Other Committees:

For other committee member lists, go to nmlegis.gov and click on “Committees” at the top of the page. Then click on the committee you are searching for.

As always, be aware that things change quickly; to see whether a bill has been rescheduled, you can go to www.nmlegis.gov and click on the Committees tab at the top, then select the committee and check the agenda for that day. You can also click on the name of the Chair of that committee, and call their office number, to speak with a staff member.

To learn more about the bills, go to nmlegis.gov and click on the Legislation tab at the top, then click on “find legislation by number” and put the relevant info into the four fields, then click “Search.”

Also, under the Legislation tab, there are two very helpful video tutorials. I highly recommend watching these, to learn how to use the nmlegis.gov website.

Again, thanks so much for your participation. This is Democracy at work!

Bills NMMOP is following:

Voter Registration, Voting:

HB 57, Restore Felon Voting Rights, Chasey

HB 84, Auto Voter Reg at MVD and Other State Agencies (same as SB50), Ely, Arianna, Caballero

SB 50, State Agency Auto Voter Registration (same as HB84), Steinborn

HB 86, Election Day & Early Voting Registration, Ely, Sarinana, Steinborn

SB 52, Register to Vote 3 Days Prior to Election at Early Voting Sites, Steinborn

SB 410, School Counselor Registration Agents, Soules

HB 249, Native American Voting Task Force, Lente

***HJM 12, Study All-Mail Elections, Chandler

Campaign Finance

SB 3, Campaign Finance Reporting, Wirth

SB 4, Campaign Public Finance Changes, Wirth

HB 428, Sec. Of State Candidates in Voter Action Act, McQueen, Ruiloba

HB 462, Sec. Of State & A.G. In Voter Action Act, Pratt, C. Trujillo, Herrera, Bash

 

Presidential Vote

HB 55, National Popular Vote, Stewart, Chasey, Cisneros, Ely, Caballero

HB 449, Presidential Candidate Income Tax Returns, Candelaria

Open Primaries, Nominating Process

HB 93, Primary Election Participation by DTS Voters, Ely

HB 468, Signatures Required on Nominating Petitions, Pratt

***HJR 6, Allow for Runoff Elections, Pratt, Lente

***SB 418, Non-Affiliated Voters in Primary Elections, Moores

Lobbying

HB 131, Post-Session Lobbying Reports, Thompson, Steinborn

HB 140, Employer Estimated Lobbyist Reports, Thompson, Steinborn

SB 191, Lobbyist Reporting Requirements, Ivey-Soto, SIGNED INTO LAW

Corruption, Ethics

HB 169, Public Corruption Act, McQueen

SB 303, (same as HB 169)

***HB 4 – State Ethics Commission Act

Article V Convention

HJR 4, Free and Fair Election Amendment Convention, C. Trujillo, TABLED                                                 

Gerrymandering

SB 416, Redistricting Act, Moores, Tallman

*** Added after 2-11-2019

FEBRUARY 17 UPDATE

Dear Legislative Advocate, Thank you for your participation in the legislative process.

HJR 4 – Free and Fair Election Amendment Convention was tabled indefinitely – effectively “killed” – at Saturday’s HCPAC hearing, by a unanimous vote. This was the first defeat of one of our bills, and a tough one. Those involved fought an uphill battle with integrity and grace. A little self-care is in order, taking whatever time is needed to recover. Then… onward.

There are many more bills needing our support.

TAKE ACTION Please consider calling and/or emailing members of these Committees to express your support of these bills. As always, be sure to be courteous, concise, and accurateIf a Representative or Senator is from your district, be sure to tell them that you are a constituent.

Scroll down for Talking Points and Committee Member information. A complete list of the bills NMMOP is following is at the bottom of this email.

Current Action on Bills

*NOTE: Three of our bills are scheduled in one hearing Monday morning. See below.

*HB 428 – Secretary of State Candidates in Voter Action Act – Scheduled in HSEIC, Monday, Feb. 18, 8:30 am, Rm. 305

*HB 462 – Secretary of State and Attorney General Candidates in Voter Action Act – Scheduled in HSEIC, Monday, Feb. 18, 8:30 am, Rm. 305

*HB 93 – Primary Election Participation by DTS Voters – Scheduled in HSEIC, Monday, Feb. 18, 8:30 am, Rm. 305

(FYI: HB 425 – Presidential Elector Disqualification, and HB 407 – Election Laws 50-Year Tune-Up are also scheduled at this hearing. NMMOP is not taking a position on either of these bills.)

SB 4 – Campaign Public Finance Changes – Still on Senate Floor schedule: now Feb. 18.

HB 84 – Auto Voter Reg at MVD and Other State Agencies – Still on House Floor schedule: now Feb. 18.

HB 86 – Election Day & Early Voting Registration – Still on House Floor schedule: now Feb. 18.

HB 131 – Post-Session Lobbying Reports – Passed HSEIC. Waiting to be scheduled in HJC.

HJR 6 – Allow for Runoff Elections – Passed HSEIC. Waiting to be scheduled in HJC.

SB 3 – Campaign Finance Reporting – Passed Senate Floor. Waiting to be scheduled in HJC.

SB 52 – Register to Vote Three Days Prior to Election… – While this bill is technically scheduled in SRC, it has been “rolled” numerous times, and word from its sponsor is that it is not going to be heard.

Please note: These notices are intended for use by citizen advocates. We recommend identifying yourself as a concerned citizen and a supporter of New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics. If you want to become a registered lobbyist for NMMOP, contact John House, NMMOP President, at info@nmmop.org.

Talking Points

HB 428 – Public Financing of Elections including SOS, sponsored by McQueen, Ruiloba

Bill amends the Voter Action Act to include public campaign financing for office of the Secretary of State. Currently, public financing is only available for an office of the judicial department subject to statewide elections, and the office of public regulation commissioner.

  1. Bill expands public campaign financing to include SOS, which will help make SOS races more competitive.
  2. Bill also includes public campaign financing for uncontested primary and general election candidates in certain races. Why should our taxes support candidates who are uncontested? NM MOP should oppose those provisions.

HB 462 – Sec. of State & A.G. in Voter Action Act, sponsored by Pratt et al.

Bill amends the Voter Action Act to include public campaign financing for office of the Secretary of State and the Attorney General. Currently, public financing is only available for an office of the judicial department subject to statewide elections, and the office of public regulation commissioner.

  1. Bill expands public campaign financing to include SOS and the AG, which will help make those races more competitive.
  2. Bill also includes public campaign financing for uncontested primary and general election candidates in certain races. Why should our taxes support candidates who are uncontested? NM MOP should oppose those provisions.

HB 93 – Primary Election Participation by Decline to State Voters, sponsored by Ely

The bill would allow voters who “decline to state” a party (i.e. are not registered as Rep., Dem. or Libertarian) to vote in one of the parties’ primary elections.

  1. This bill would open the primaries to a lot more potential voters.
  2. It would increase public interest in the primaries and encourage greater participation in our elections.
  3. The bill gives many more New Mexicans a voice in choosing who will be the candidates in the general election.

Committees

House State Government, Elections & Indian Affairs (HSEIC)

Other Committees:

For other committee member lists, go to nmlegis.gov and click on “Committees” at the top of the page. Then click on the committee you are searching for.

As always, be aware that things change quickly; to see whether a bill has been rescheduled, you can go to www.nmlegis.gov and click on the Committees tab at the top, then select the committee and check the agenda for that day. You can also click on the name of the Chair of that committee, and call their office number, to speak with a staff member.

To learn more about the bills, go to nmlegis.gov and click on the Legislation tab at the top, then click on “find legislation by number” and put the relevant info into the four fields, then click “Search.”

Also, under the Legislation tab, there are two very helpful video tutorials. I highly recommend watching these, to learn how to use the nmlegis website. 

Again, thanks so much for your participation. This is Democracy at work!

Bills NMMOP is following:

Voter Reg:

HB 57, Restore Felon Voting Rights, Chasey

HB 84, Auto Voter Reg at MVD and Other State Agencies (same as SB50), Ely, Arianna, Caballero

SB 50, State Agency Auto Voter Registration (same as HB84), Steinborn

HB 86, Election Day & Early Voting Registration, Ely, Sarinana, Steinborn

SB 52, Register to Vote 3 Days Prior to Election at Early Voting Sites, Steinborn, Caballero

SB 410, School Counselor Registration Agents, Soules

***HJM 12, Study All-Mail Elections, Chandler

 

Campaign Finance

SB 3, Campaign Finance Reporting, Wirth

SB 4, Campaign Public Finance Changes, Wirth

HB 428, Sec. Of State Candidates in Voter Action Act, McQueen, Ruiloba

HB 462, Sec. Of State & A.G. In Voter Action Act, Pratt, C. Trujillo, Herrera, Bash

Presidential Vote

HB 55, National Popular Vote, Stewart, Chasey, Cisneros, Ely, Caballero

HB 449, Presidential Candidate Income Tax Returns, Candelaria

Open Primaries, Nominating Process

HB 93, Primary Election Participation by DTS Voters, Ely

HB 468, Signatures Required on Nominating Petitions, Pratt

***HJR 6, Allow for Runoff Elections, Pratt, Lente

***SB 418, Non-Affiliated Voters in Primary Elections, Moores

Lobbying

HB 131, Post-Session Lobbying Reports, Thompson, Steinborn

HB 140, Employer Estimated Lobbyist Reports, Thompson, Steinborn

SB 191, Lobbyist Reporting Requirements, Ivey-Soto, SIGNED INTO LAW

Corruption

HB 169, Public Corruption Act, McQueen

SB 303, (same as HB 169)

Article V Convention

HJR 4, Free and Fair Election Amendment Convention, C. Trujillo, TABLED INDEFINITELY

Native American Voting

HB 249, Native American Voting Task Force, Lente

Gerrymandering

SB 416, Redistricting Act, Moores, Tallman

*** Added after 2-11-2019

FEBRUARY 15 UPDATE

Dear Legislative Advocate, Thank you for your participation in the legislative process.

It’s been a relatively quiet few days for most of our bills. The main activity has been around HJR 4 -Free and Fair Election Amendment Convention. It was presented in HCPAC on Tuesday, February 12, at the end of a long series of other bills, with only 15 minutes left before committee members were required to appear on the House Floor. The bill’s sponsor, Christine Trujillo, and expert Marianne Sundquist, of WolfPac, presented explanatory material, then “public comment” was begun. Comments “against” were taken, along with a few “for” comments – from supporters who could not return when the bill was rescheduled. It was then announced that HJR 4 would be rescheduled for two days later, would be first on the agenda, starting with public comment “for.” Unfortunately, the Chair of the committee became ill and the rescheduled hearing was cancelled. At this time, the newly rescheduled hearing is set for tomorrow, Saturday at 9 am. See details in the list below. While this bill has active opposition by several groups, NMMOP strongly supports HJR 4. See talking points and arguments in favor below.

TAKE ACTION Please consider calling and/or emailing members of these Committees to express your support of these bills. As always, be sure to be courteous, concise, and accurateIf a Representative or Senator is from your district, be sure to tell them that you are a constituent.

Scroll down for Talking Points and Committee Member information. A complete list of the bills NMMOP is following is at the bottom of this email.

Current Action on Bills

SB 4 – Campaign Public Finance Changes – Scheduled on Senate Floor Feb. 15.

HB 84 – Auto Voter Reg at MVD and Other State Agencies – Passed HJC. Scheduled on House Floor Feb 15.

HB 86 – Election Day & Early Voting Registration – Passed HJC. Scheduled on House Floor Feb 15.

HJR 4 – Free & Fair Election Amendment Convention – Rescheduled in HCPAC Saturday, February 16, 9 am, Room 315.

HB 131 – Post-Session Lobbying Reports – Passed HSEIC. Waiting to be scheduled in HJC.

HJR 6 – Allow for Runoff Elections – Passed HSEIC. Waiting to be scheduled in HJC.

SB 3 – Campaign Finance Reporting – Passed Senate Floor. Waiting to be scheduled in HJC.

SB 52 – Register to Vote Three Days Prior to Election… – While this bill is technically scheduled in SRC Feb. 15, it has been “rolled” numerous times, and word from its sponsor is that it is not going to be heard.

Please note: These notices are intended for use by citizen advocates. We recommend identifying yourself as a concerned citizen and a supporter of New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics. If you want to become a registered lobbyist for NMMOP, contact John House, NMMOP President, at info@nmmop.org.

Talking Points

HJR 4 – Free and Fair Elections Resolution, sponsored by C. Trujillo

Scroll down to see two arguments in favor of HJR 4, by Ishwari Sollohub, and Bruce Berlin.

Resolution calls for the NM Legislature to petition the U.S. Congress to call an Amendment Convention upon the application of two-thirds of the states for the sole purpose of proposing a 28th Amendment to the Constitution that would restore fair elections, free from the disproportional influence of special interests and fair enough that any citizen can be elected into office.

Note: This resolution has drawn fierce opposition from a number of progressive organizations that fear such a convention could result in a runaway convention that would radically change the Constitution.

  1. The present danger of our democratic republic being replaced by an oligarchy with ties to Russia and other foreign powers may very well be greater than the risk of a runaway convention.
  2. The American people must use every means in its power to save our republic from this fate.
  3. The history of constitutional amendments is that Congress has passed many of them only after the threat of a constitutional convention has become real. Thus, HJR 4 is an effort to coerce the Congress to act to avoid a constitutional convention called by the states.  At this point only 5 other states have supported this resolution. So, we are a long way from 2/3s. As the crisis in our country increases, we are much more likely to force the Congress to act on such an Amendment than we are to get to the required 2/3’s of the states to call for a convention.
  4. Passing HJR 4 will raise the public awareness of this issue.
  5. It may help get NM’s Congressional delegation to take greater leadership in pushing for Congressional action.
  6. It could help build a national movement for a 28th Amendment, which is desperately needed to prevent the country from becoming a full-blown autocracy. We need to fight with every possible tool to prevent that.

Argument “for” by Ishwari Sollohub:

Dear HCPAC members: Please vote yes on HJR 4, Free and Fair Election Amendment Convention, in HCPAC. 

Most of us agree that, to restore meaningful democracy in our country, we need to appropriately regulate campaign financing, at all levels. There are 2 paths to this: 1) Congress introduces and passes an amendment, which is then ratified by the States, or 2) two-thirds of the States call for an Article V convention, to create such an amendment. 

Although Congress has, 27 times in the past, amended the US Constitution – in today’s political climate, they are not taking action. This is why the States need to pick up the ball. 

Although some who believe we need an amendment, argue against the second approach – the Article V approach – the truth is that we need a both/andapproach to creating and passing an amendment to regulate campaign financing. 

The main value of an Article V convention is to pressure Congress to take action. Relative to the concern (fear) of a “runaway” convention, I assert that Congresspersons would be the last ones to want to risk an amendment outside their control. Therefore, IF a convention becomes likely (that is, if enough states call for one that it seems likely to actually occur – a situation that has never happened) Congress will avert that, heading off a convention by taking action and passing an amendment of their choosing, and sending it on to the states for ratification.

Contrary to the fearful concern of opponents of this Joint Memorial, there is almost no risk of an Article V convention actually occurring, much less of it getting hijacked to damage our system. Again, the value of HJM 4, Free and Fair Elections – supporting the notion of an Article V convention, is to pressure Congress to act. 

One of the leading national organizations dedicated to an amendment for campaign finance regulation is American Promise – www.americanpromise.orgAmerican Promise supports ALL avenues toward an amendment, including the Article V approach. 

Another national organization, focused specifically on the Article V approach, is Wolf-PAC. www.wolf-pac.com/new_mexico

Please educate yourselves on this matter, and attend the HCPAC hearing with an open mind, ready to take bold action, contributing to New Mexico’s developing reputation as a leader in the movement toward restoring American Democracy. 

Respectfully, Ishwari Sollohub

Argument “for” by Bruce Berlin:  

Why Support HJR 4 and the Movement for an Article V Convention to amend the Constitution to Require Free and Fair Elections

Three-fourths of Americans support a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizen United case, according to a May 2018 study1 by the Program for Public Consultation at the University of Maryland. That includes 66% of Republicans and over 80% of Democrats who want Big Money out of politics. However, a great number of Americans, including many liberal organizations, are opposed to convening an Article V Convention of the States to amend the US Constitution to accomplish that goal. Common Cause (CC) has four primary objections.

First, CC argues that an Article V convention is an untested, risky process to change the Constitution. That’s absolutely correct.

Second, CC believes wealthy special interests will likely have the biggest say in a convention and delegates would be unaccountable to voters. That’s very probably true, too.

Third, CC contends that the convention will be undemocratic in that the American people will not be equally represented in a convention. Again, most likely true.

And, fourth, CC observes that there are no rules or guidelines in the Constitution to protect our constitutional rights from being changed. That’s correct as well.

So, why then should you support a call for an Article V convention of the states to overturn Citizens United by amending the Constitution? The primary reason is that it is an effective strategy to force Congress to propose and pass a Constitutional amendment. Historically, the threat of the states convening a constitutional convention has been a major influence compelling Congress to propose amendments that have actually been ratified and incorporated into the Constitution.

For instance, in 1912 the states were one application shy of forcing Congress to call a convention to consider an amendment requiring the direct election of Senators by the people of the states. In response, Congress passed the Seventeenth Amendment and sent it to the states for ratification. At least three other amendments (the Twenty-FirstTwenty-Second, and Twenty-Fifth Amendments) have been identified as being proposed by Congress at least partly in response to the threat of an Article V convention. Consequently, as the call for an Article V convention to propose an amendment to overturn Citizens United gathers steam and approaches the required 2/3s of the states, Congress will most likely be compelled to itself propose a 28th Amendment overturning Citizens United. It’s a strategy that has proven to work over and over again.

That is not to say that we shouldn’t continue to lobby our US Senators and Representatives to push for Congress to propose an amendment for free and fair elections. But, we need to use all the tools available to us to get this amendment passed and ratified. Every day we are seeing our democracy being chipped away by special interests and the undue influence of Big Money. 

And, don’t think for a minute that this is a “liberal” issue. The people’s voices are being drowned out by Big Money from both the left and the right. For example, in 2013, liberal hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer spent $11 million dollars to help elect Democrat Terry McAuliffe governor of Virginia.  The following year conservative special interest groups led by the Koch brothers and Karl Rove spent over $34 million dollars to defeat Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina.

The undue influence of the extremely wealthy and super PACs makes it almost impossible for the average voter’s voice to be heard. The fact that over 90% of Americans have favored universal background checks for the purchase of guns for many years while Congress has failed to act is undeniable evidence of the takeover of our democracy by Big Money.

The biggest objection to calling for an Article V convention, however, is the fear of a runaway convention. That is, a convention that goes beyond its stated, limited purpose of proposing a single amendment and attempts to propose a number of other amendments, which would significantly change the Constitution. But, how real is this fear and who truly presents the likelihood of it becoming a reality?

In addressing the Article V issue, the Common Cause website clearly notes that “…it is generally agreed that all applications from two-thirds of the state legislatures (34 states) should be on the same issue for a convention to be called.”If New Mexico joins the call for an Article V convention on the issue of free and fair elections, it would only be the sixth state to do so. The five states that have already passed resolutions calling for a limited convention on this issue are California, Illinois, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont. So, we are nowhere near the 34 states needed for a convention on this issue to be called. The fear, therefore, is pretty remote.

On the other hand, 28 states have passed resolutions calling for an Article V convention on the issue of a balanced budget amendment. None of the five states calling for a convention for a free and fair elections amendment are among the 28 states calling for a balanced budget amendment. The fact that those 28 states are not including these other five states in their movement illustrates the understanding that all 34 states must be calling for an amendment on the same issue.

With only 6 more states needed to attain the 34 state-threshold for an Article V convention on a balanced budget amendment, the fear of such a convention becoming a reality is much more real. Rather than fighting the unlikely possibility of a convention on a fair and free elections amendment, it would seem that groups like Common Cause who fear a runaway convention would be wiser spending their time and resources trying to prevent a balanced budget amendment convention. That is where the real risk and danger of a runaway convention lies.

Moreover, it is much more likely that the wealthy special interests will have the biggest say in a balanced budget amendment convention and delegates would be unaccountable to voters than it is at a fair and free elections amendment convention.

And, finally, it is much more likely that a balanced budget convention will be undemocratic and that the American people will not be equally represented.

In conclusion, free and fair elections are the bedrock of our democracy. We all know they are under attack by special interests and Big Money. I strongly urge the committee to support HJR 4 to protect the people’s right to be heard above those interests.   

Bruce Berlin, Founder, New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics, Author, Breaking Big Money’s Grip on America

  1. https://publicintegrity.org/federal-politics/study-most-americans-want-to-kill-citizens-united-with-constitutional-amendment/
  2. https://www.commoncause.org/resource/u-s-constitution-threatened-as-article-v-convention-movement-nears-success/

Committees

House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee (HCPAC) members:

Other Committees:

For other committee member lists, go to nmlegis.gov and click on “Committees” at the top of the page. Then click on the committee you are searching for.

As always, be aware that things change quickly; to see whether a bill has been rescheduled, you can go to www.nmlegis.gov and click on the Committees tab at the top, then select the committee and check the agenda for that day. You can also click on the name of the Chair of that committee, and call their office number, to speak with a staff member.

To learn more about the bills, go to nmlegis.gov and click on the Legislation tab at the top, then click on “find legislation by number” and put the relevant info into the four fields, then click “Search.”

Also, under the Legislation tab, there are two very helpful video tutorials. I highly recommend watching these, to learn how to use the nmlegis website. 

Again, thanks so much for your participation. This is Democracy at work!

Bills NMMOP is following:

Voter Reg:

HB 57, Restore Felon Voting Rights, Chasey

HB 84, Auto Voter Reg at MVD and Other State Agencies (same as SB50), Ely, Sarinana, Caballero

SB 50, State Agency Auto Voter Registration (same as HB84), Steinborn

HB 86, Election Day & Early Voting RegistraSB 52, Register to Vote 3 Days Prior to Election at Early Voting Sites, Steinborn, Caballero

SB 410, School Counselor Registration Agents, Soules

***HJM 12, Study All-Mail Elections, Chandler

 

Campaign Finance

SB 3, Campaign Finance Reporting, Wirth

SB 4, Campaign Public Finance Changes, Wirth

HB 428, Sec. Of State Candidates in Voter Action Act, McQueen, Ruiloba

HB 462, Sec. Of State & A.G. In Voter Action Act, Pratt, C. Trujillo, Herrera, Bash

Presidential Vote

HB 55, National Popular Vote, Stewart, Chasey, Cisneros, Ely, Caballero

HB 449, Presidential Candidate Income Tax Returns, Candelaria

Open Primaries, Nominating Process

HB 93, Primary Election Participation by DTS Voters, Ely

HB 468, Signatures Required on Nominating Petitions, Pratt

***HJR 6, Allow for Runoff Elections, Pratt, Lente

***SB 418, Non-Affiliated Voters in Primary Elections, Moores

Lobbying

HB 131, Post-Session Lobbying Reports, Thompson, Steinborn

HB 140, Employer Estimated Lobbyist Reports, Thompson, Steinborn

SIGNED INTO LAW SB 191, Lobbyist Reporting Requirements, Ivey-Soto

Corruption

HB 169, Public Corruption Act, McQueen

SB 303, (same as HB 169)

Article V Convention

HJR 4, Free and Fair Election Amendment Convention, Christine Trujillo

Native American Voting

HB 249, Native American Voting Task Force, Lente

Gerrymandering

SB 416, Redistricting Act, Moores, Tallman

*** Added after 2-11-2019

FEBRUARY 10 UPDATE

Dear Legislative Advocate,

Thank you for your participation in the legislative process.

Please note: These notices are intended for use by citizen advocates. We recommend identifying yourself as a concerned citizen and a supporter of New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics. If you want to become a registered lobbyist for NMMOP, contact John House, NMMOP President, at info@nmmop.org.

TAKE ACTION Please consider calling and/or emailing members of these Committees to express your support of these bills. As always, be sure to be courteous, concise, and accurateIf a Representative or Senator is from your district, be sure to tell them that you are a constituent.

Scroll down for Talking Points and Committee Member information.

Bills

HB 131 – Post-Session Lobbying Reports – Scheduled in HSEIC Monday, February 11, 8:30 am, Room 309.

SB 4 – Campaign Public Finance Changes – Scheduled on Senate Floor tomorrow, February 11, 11 am (#2 on schedule).

HB 84 – Auto Voter Reg at MVD and Other State Agencies – Scheduled in HJC Monday, February 11, 1:30 am, Room 309.

HB 86 – Election Day & Early Voting Registration – Scheduled in HJC Monday, February 11, 1:30 am, Room 309.

HJR 4 – Free & Fair Election Amendment Convention – Scheduled in HCPAC Tuesday, February 12.

Talking Points

HB 131 – Post-Session Lobbying Reports, sponsored by Thompson

Bill amends the Lobbyist Regulation Act to require lobbyists or lobbyists’ employers to file an expenditure report with the NM Secretary of State within one week following the conclusion of a legislative session listing the legislation for which the lobbyist or lobbyist’s employer lobbied, and whether they supported or opposed each piece of legislation.

  1. Bill supports transparency in the legislative process.
  2. It gives the public valuable information regarding which organizations and/or businesses, via their lobbyists, back or oppose specific legislation.

SB 4 – Campaign Public Finance Changes, sponsored by Wirth

Bill regulates public financing of campaigns including matching funds; limits distributions of funds to candidates in uncontested races; clarifies penalty provisions.

1.The bill promotes publicly financed campaigns by creating a ‘public election fund’ for the purposes of: (1) financing the election campaigns of certified candidates for covered offices, i.e. any office of the judicial department subject to statewide elections and the office of public regulation commissioner; and (2) paying administrative and enforcement costs of the Voter Action Act.

  1. It helps to level the playing field involving privately funded candidates by financially supporting, within limits, candidates running in covered-offices elections who meet certain requirements.

HB 84/SB 50 – Automatic Voter Registration, sponsored by Ely/Steinborn

Bill provides for automatic voter registration and updating of voter registration records using a secure electronic process at the MVD and certain other state agencies.

1.This bill will significantly increase the pool of registered voters.

  1. It will strengthen democracy in New Mexico by increasing voter participation and turnout in our elections.
  2. NM Secretary of State MaggieToulouse Oliver supports automatic voter registration.
  3. The bill is a legislative priority of Common Cause New Mexico.
  4. The bill received “strongly approve” or “approve” from 84% of 1,300 New Mexicans in a 2018 survey by Retake Our Democracy.

HB 86 – Election Day & Early Voting Registration, sponsored by Ely

Bill provides for voter registration at polling places on Election Day and at early voting sites for primary and general elections.

1.This bill will significantly increase the pool of registered voters.

  1. It will strengthen democracy in New Mexico by increasing voter participation and turnout in our elections.
  2. NM Secretary of State MaggieToulouse Oliver supports same-day voter registration.
  3. Fifteen states and the District of Columbia allow same-day voter registration.

HJR 4 – Free and Fair Elections Resolution, sponsored by C. Trujillo

Resolution calls for the NM Legislature to petition the U.S. Congress to call an Amendment Convention upon the application of two-thirds of the states for the sole purpose of proposing a 28th Amendment to the Constitution that would restore fair elections, free from the disproportional influence of special interests and fair enough that any citizen can be elected into office.

Note: This resolution has drawn fierce opposition from a number of progressive organizations that fear such a convention could result in a runaway convention that would radically change the Constitution.

  1. The present danger of our democratic republic being replaced by an oligarchy with ties to Russia and other foreign powers may very well be greater than the risk of a runaway convention.
  2. The American people must use every means in its power to save our republic from this fate.
  3. The history of constitutional amendments is that Congress has passed many of them only after the threat of a constitutional convention has become real. Thus, HJR 4 is an effort to coerce the Congress to act to avoid a constitutional convention called by the states.  At this point only 5 other states have supported this resolution. So, we are a long way from 2/3s. As the crisis in our country increases, we are much more likely to force the Congress to act on such an Amendment than we are to get to the required 2/3’s of the states to call for a convention.
  4. Passing HJR 4 will raise the public awareness of this issue.
  5. It may help get NM’s Congressional delegation to take greater leadership in pushing for Congressional action.
  6. It could help build a national movement for a 28th Amendment, which is desperately needed to prevent the country from becoming a full-blown autocracy. We need to fight with every possible tool to prevent that.

Committees

House State Government, Elections, & Indian Affairs Committee (HSEIC) members:

House Judiciary Committee (HJC) Members:

House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee (HCPAC) members:

Other Committees:

For other committee member lists, go to nmlegis.gov and click on “Committees” at the top of the page. Then click on the committee you are searching for.

As always, be aware that things change quickly; to see whether a bill has been rescheduled, you can go to www.nmlegis.gov and click on the Committees tab at the top, then select the committee and check the agenda for that day. You can also click on the name of the Chair of that committee, and call their office number, to speak with a staff member.

To learn more about the bills, go to nmlegis.gov and click on the Legislation tab at the top, then click on “find legislation by number” and put the relevant info into the four fields, then click “Search.”

Also, under the Legislation tab, there are two very helpful video tutorials. I highly recommend watching these, to learn how to use the nmlegis website. 

Again, thanks so much for your participation. This is Democracy at work!

Bills NMMOP is following:

Voter Reg:

HB 57, Restore Felon Voting Rights, Chasey

HB 84, Auto Voter Reg at MVD and Other State Agencies (same as SB50), Ely, Sarinana, Caballero

SB 50, State Agency Auto Voter Registration (same as HB84), Steinborn

HB 86, Election Day & Early Voting Registration, Ely, Sarinana, Steinborn

SB 52, Register to Vote 3 Days Prior to Election at Early Voting Sites, Steinborn, Caballero

SB 410 – School Counselor Registration Agents, Soules

Campaign Finance

SB 3, Campaign Finance Reporting, Wirth

SB 4, Campaign Public Finance Changes, Wirth

HB 428, Sec. Of State Candidates In Voter Action Act, McQueen, Ruiloba

HB 462, Sec. Of State & A.G. In Voter Action Act, Pratt, C. Trujillo, Herrera, Bash

Presidential Vote

HB 55, National Popular Vote, Stewart, Chasey, Cisneros, Ely, Caballero

HB 449, Presidential Candidate Income Tax Returns, Candelaria

Open Primaries, Nominating Process

HB 93, Primary Election Participation by DTS Voters, Ely

HB 468 – Signatures Required on Nominating Petitions, Pratt

SB 418, Non-Affiliated Voters in Primary Elections, Moores

Lobbying

HB 131, Post-Session Lobbying Reports, Thompson, Steinborn

HB 140, Employer Estimated Lobbyist Reports, Thompson, Steinborn

SIGNED INTO LAW SB 191, Lobbyist Reporting Requirements, Ivey-Soto

Corruption

HB 169, Public Corruption Act, McQueen

SB 303 (same as HB 169)

Article V Convention

HJR 4, Free and Fair Election Amendment Convention, Christine Trujillo

Native American Voting

HB 249, Native American Voting Task Force, Lente

Gerrymandering

SB 416 – Redistricting Act, Moores, Tallman

FEBRUARY 2 UPDATE

Dear Legislative Advocate,

Thank you for your participation in the legislative process.

Great news! HB 55 – National Popular Vote – Passed on the House Floor last night. See below. Great news!

Three bills scheduled for hearings Monday, February 4. See below.

Please note: These notices are intended for use by citizen advocates. We recommend identifying yourself as a concerned citizen and a supporter of New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics. If you want to become a registered lobbyist for NMMOP, contact John House, NMMOP President, at info@nmmop.org.

Scroll down for Talking Points and Committee Member information.

Bills

HB 131 – Post-Session Lobbying Reports – Scheduled in HSEIC Monday, Feb. 4, 8:30 am Room 305

HB 140 – Employer Estimated Lobbyist Reports – Scheduled in HSEIC Monday, Feb. 4, 8:30 am Room 305

HB 169 – Public Corruption Act – Scheduled in HSEIC Monday, Feb. 4, 8:30 am Room 305

HB 55 – National Popular Vote – Passed HSEIC, Passed HJC, Passed on House Floor (41-27) February 1. Next, it will be scheduled in Senate committees.

SB 191 – Lobbyist Reporting RequirementsPassed SRC, Passed Senate Floor, Passed HSEIC, Passed House Floor. Waiting for Governor’s signature.

HJR 4 – Free & Fair Election Amendment Convention – Waiting to be scheduled in HCPAC. To move this bill toward a hearing, call, email, and/or visit the offices of HCPAC committee members, below.

HB 84 – Automatic Voter Registration at MVD and Elsewhere- Passed HSEIC. This bill is being amended by the sponsor. We will watch for it to be rescheduled in HJC.

HB 249 – Native American Voting Task Force – Passed HSEIC. Waiting to be scheduled in HAFC.

HB 93 – Primary Election Participation by Decline to State (DTS) Voters – Passed HCPAC. Waiting to be scheduled in HSEIC.

HB 86 – Election Day and Early Voting Registration – Passed HSEIC. Waiting to be scheduled in HJC. (May go to Appropriations (HAFC) first)

SB 3 – Campaign Finance Reporting – Passed SRC – waiting to be scheduled in SJC

SB 4 – Campaign Public Finance Changes – Passed SRC. – waiting to be scheduled in SJC

TAKE ACTION

Please consider calling and/or emailing the members of these Committees to express your support of this bill. As always, be sure to be courteous, concise, and accurate. If a Representative or Senator is from your district, be sure to tell them that you are a constituent.

House Judiciary Committee (HJC) Members:

House State Government, Elections, & Indian Affairs Committee (HSEIC) members:

House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee (HCPAC) members:

Other Committees:

For other committee member lists, go to nmlegis.gov and click on “Committees” at the top of the page. Then click on the committee you are searching for.

Talking Points

HB 131 – Post-Session Lobbying Reports, sponsored by Rep. Liz Thompson

Bill amends the Lobbyist Regulation Act to require lobbyists or lobbyists’ employers to file an expenditure report with the NM Secretary of State within one week following the conclusion of a legislative session listing the legislation for which the lobbyist or lobbyist’s employer lobbied, and whether they supported or opposed each piece of legislation.

  1. Bill supports transparency in the legislative process.
  2. It gives the public valuable information regarding which organizations and/or businesses, via their lobbyists, back or oppose specific legislation.

HB 140 – Employer Estimated Lobbyist Reports, sponsored by Rep. Liz Thompson                

Bill amends the Lobbyist Regulation Act to require lobbyists and lobbyists’ employers to file several expenditure reports with the NM Secretary of State during the course of every year as well as report political contributions and other related expenses.

  1. Bill supports transparency in the legislative process.
  2. It gives the public valuable information regarding lobbying expenditures and contributions to influence legislative decisions.
  3. Common Cause believes this is “dead in the water” because it requires disclosure of lobbyists’ salaries.

HB 169 – Public Corruption Act, sponsored by Rep. McQueen

Bill a public corruption statute which states that a public official who is convicted of or pleads guilty or nolo contendere to a public corruption offense shall, in addition to the penalties for the underlying offense prescribed in the Criminal Sentencing Act, forfeit service credit accrued pursuant to the Public Employees Retirement Act during all periods of service as a public official.

  1. Bill provides an additional deterrent to public officials committing felonies such as forgery or embezzlement in their public capacity.
  2. Bill reinforces the concept that serving as a public official requires a high level of integrity, and that public officials have a duty to the public to perform their jobs in a professional and ethical manner.

HB 84 – Automatic Voter Registration, sponsored by Rep. Ely/Sen. Steinborn

Bill provides for automatic voter registration and updating of voter registration records using a secure electronic process at the MVD and certain other state agencies.

1.This bill will significantly increase the pool of registered voters.

  1. It will strengthen democracy in New Mexico by increasing voter participation and turnout in our elections.
  2. NM Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver supports automatic voter registration.
  3. The bill is a legislative priority of Common Cause New Mexico.
  4. The bill received “strongly approve” or “approve” from 84% of 1,300 New Mexicans in a 2018 survey by Retake Our Democracy.

HB 93 – Primary Election Participation by Decline to State Voters, sponsored by Rep. Ely

The bill would allow voters who “decline to state” a party (i.e. are not registered as Rep., Dem. or Libertarian) to vote in one of the parties’ primary elections.

  1. This bill would open the primaries to a lot more potential voters.
  2. It would increase public interest in the primaries and encourage greater participation in our elections.
  3. The bill gives many more New Mexicans a voice in choosing who will be the candidates in the general election.

HB 86 – Election Day & Early Voting Registration, sponsored by Rep. Ely

Bill provides for voter registration at polling places on Election Day and at early voting sites for primary and general elections.

1.This bill will significantly increase the pool of registered voters.

  1. It will strengthen democracy in New Mexico by increasing voter participation and turnout in our elections.
  2. NM Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver supports same-day voter registration.
  3. Fifteen states and the District of Columbia allow same-day voter registration.

HB 55 – National Popular Vote Compact, sponsored by Sen. Stewart and others

Bill enacts a Compact among the states to elect the President by the national popular vote, regardless of who wins the presidential election in New Mexico, or any other particular state. The Compact only takes effect once enough states with a collective number of 270 electoral votes (enough to elect a President) join the Compact.

  1. The Compact would eliminate “so-called’ battleground states in a presidential election and make candidates more likely to campaign in all states, including New Mexico. Currently, presidential candidates have no reason to pay attention to issues concerning voters in states where the outcome is a foregone conclusion. In 2012 general-election campaign events were held in only 12 states. Thirty-eight states were ignored completely.
  2. It would provide a direct correlation between the country’s popular vote outcome and the election results, thereby helping to regain NM voters’ trust in our elections and ensure their voices are equal to every voter across the country.
  3. It would make every vote equal nationwide, since all American voters would determine the presidential election outcome regardless of where they live or how the majority of voters in their state voted.
  4. It would increase the probability of higher voter turnouts in New Mexico as well as nationwide because all votes would count equally.
  5. It prevents someone from becoming president who did not receive the most votes nationwide. Five of our 45 Presidents came into office without winning the most popular votes nationwide; the 2000 and 2016 elections are most recent examples.
  6. The bill is a legislative priority of Common Cause New Mexico.

As always, be aware that things change quickly; to see whether a bill has been rescheduled, you can go to www.nmlegis.gov and click on the Committees tab at the top, then select the committee and check the agenda for that day. You can also click on the name of the Chair of that committee, and call their office number, to speak with a staff member.

To learn more about the bills, go to nmlegis.gov and click on the Legislation tab at the top, then click on “find legislation by number” and put the relevant info into the four fields, then click “Search.”

Also, under the Legislation tab, there are two very helpful video tutorials. I highly recommend watching these, to learn how to use the nmlegis website. 

Again, thanks so much for your participation. This is Democracy at work!

JANUARY 31 UPDATE

Dear Legislative Advocate,

Thank you for your participation in the legislative process.

Stay tuned. At this point, we are providing updates on our original 15 bills and things are going well. For a full list, go to http://nmmop.org/general/january-24-nmmop-legislative-update/    A few of or original bills have yet to be scheduled – we are strategizing with sponsors to take helpful actions on these. Based on hallway conversations with various individuals “in the know,” we expect to add several more bills to our watch list, as soon as they get introduced. Stay tuned.

Great news! SB 191 has passed through the system with almost unanimous bipartisan support, and now awaits Governor Lujan-Grisham’s signature. This is the one “Rocket Docket” bill on our list, and it has, indeed, flown through the process. Great news!

Please note: These notices are intended for use by citizen advocates. We recommend identifying yourself as a concerned citizen and a supporter of New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics. If you want to become a registered lobbyist for NMMOP, contact John House, NMMOP President, at info@nmmop.org.

Scroll down for Talking Points and Committee Member information.

Bills

HB 55 – National Popular Vote – Passed HSEIC, Passed HJC, Scheduled on House Floor for today, January 31. CHECK NMLEGIS.GOV – this has been rescheduled numerous times.

HB 84 – Automatic Voter Registration at MVD and Elsewhere- Passed HSEIC. Scheduled in HJC February 1, 1:30 pm, Room 309.

HB 249 – Native American Voting Task Force – Passed HSEIC, January 30. Waiting to be scheduled in HAFC.

HB 93 – Primary Election Participation by Decline to State (DTS) Voters – Passed HCPAC, January 29. Waiting to be scheduled in HSEIC.

SB 191 – Lobbyist Reporting Requirements – Passed SRC, Passed Senate Floor, Passed HSEIC, Passed House Floor 1-30-19. Waiting for Governor’s signature.

HB 86 – Election Day and Early Voting Registration – Passed HSEIC, January 30. Waiting to be scheduled in HJC. (May go to Appropriations (HAFC) first)

SB 3 – Campaign Finance Reporting – Passed SRC January 28 – waiting to be scheduled in SJC

SB 4 – Campaign Public Finance Changes – Passed SRC January 28, – waiting to be scheduled in SJC

TAKE ACTION

Please consider calling and/or emailing the members of these Committees to express your support of this bill. As always, be sure to be courteous, concise, and accurate. If a Representative or Senator is from your district, be sure to tell them that you are a constituent.

House Judiciary Committee (HJC) Members:

 House State Government, Elections, & Indian Affairs Committee (HSEIC) members:

House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee (HCPAC) members:

Other Committees:

For other committee member lists, go to nmlegis.gov and click on “Committees” at the top of the page. Then click on the committee you are searching for.

Talking Points

HB 84 – Automatic Voter Registration, sponsored by Rep. Ely/Sen. Steinborn

Bill provides for automatic voter registration and updating of voter registration records using a secure electronic process at the MVD and certain other state agencies.

This bill will significantly increase the pool of registered voters.

  1. It will strengthen democracy in New Mexico by increasing voter participation and turnout in our elections.
  2. NM Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver supports automatic voter registration.
  3. The bill is a legislative priority of Common Cause New Mexico.
  4. The bill received “strongly approve” or “approve” from 84% of 1,300 New Mexicans in a 2018 survey by Retake Our Democracy.

HB 93 – Primary Election Participation by Decline to State Voters, sponsored by Rep. Ely

The bill would allow voters who “decline to state” a party (i.e. are not registered as Rep., Dem. or Libertarian) to vote in one of the parties’ primary elections.

  1. This bill would open the primaries to a lot more potential voters.
  2. It would increase public interest in the primaries and encourage greater participation in our elections.
  3. The bill gives many more New Mexicans a voice in choosing who will be the candidates in the general election.

HB 86 – Election Day & Early Voting Registration, sponsored by Rep. Ely

Bill provides for voter registration at polling places on Election Day and at early voting sites for primary and general elections.

This bill will significantly increase the pool of registered voters.

  1. It will strengthen democracy in New Mexico by increasing voter participation and turnout in our elections.
  2. NM Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver supports same-day voter registration.
  3. Fifteen states and the District of Columbia allow same-day voter registration.

HB 55 – National Popular Vote Compact, sponsored by Sen. Stewart and others

Bill enacts a Compact among the states to elect the President by the national popular vote, regardless of who wins the presidential election in New Mexico, or any other particular state. The Compact only takes effect once enough states with a collective number of 270 electoral votes (enough to elect a President) join the Compact.

  1. The Compact would eliminate “so-called’ battleground states in a presidential election and make candidates more likely to campaign in all states, including New Mexico. Currently, presidential candidates have no reason to pay attention to issues concerning voters in states where the outcome is a foregone conclusion. In 2012 general-election campaign events were held in only 12 states. Thirty-eight states were ignored completely.
  2. It would provide a direct correlation between the country’s popular vote outcome and the election results, thereby helping to regain NM voters’ trust in our elections and ensure their voices are equal to every voter across the country.
  3. It would make every vote equal nationwide, since all American voters would determine the presidential election outcome regardless of where they live or how the majority of voters in their state voted.
  4. It would increase the probability of higher voter turnouts in New Mexico as well as nationwide because all votes would count equally.
  5. It prevents someone from becoming president who did not receive the most votes nationwide. Five of our 45 Presidents came into office without winning the most popular votes nationwide; the 2000 and 2016 elections are most recent examples.
  6. The bill is a legislative priority of Common Cause New Mexico.

As always, be aware that things change quickly; to see whether a bill has been rescheduled, you can go to www.nmlegis.gov and click on the Committees tab at the top, then select the committee and check the agenda for that day. You can also click on the name of the Chair of that committee, and call their office number, to speak with a staff member.

To learn more about the bills, go to nmlegis.gov and click on the Legislation tab at the top, then click on “find legislation by number” and put the relevant info into the four fields, then click “Search.”

Also, under the Legislation tab, there are two very helpful video tutorials. I highly recommend watching these, to learn how to use the nmlegis website. 

Again, thanks so much for your participation. This is Democracy at work!

January 29 Update

Dear Legislative Advocate,

Thank you for your participation in the legislative process.

Two more bills have been scheduled to begin the process through committee hearings. HB 249 and HB 93. See bill titles below in yellow.

Please note: These notices are intended for use by citizen advocates. We recommend identifying yourself as a concerned citizen and a supporter of New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics. If you want to become a registered lobbyist for NMMOP, contact John House, NMMOP President, at info@nmmop.org.

Newly Scheduled: HB 249 – Native American Voting Task Force – Scheduled in HSEIC, Wednesday, January 30, 8:30 am, Room 305

Newly Scheduled: HB 93 – Primary Election Participation by Decline To State (DTS) Voters – Scheduled in HCPAC, Tuesday, January 29, 1:30 pm, Room 317

SB 191 – Lobbyist Reporting Requirements – Passed SRC, Passed Senate Floor, Passed HSEIC, Scheduled on House Floor Tuesday, 1-29.

HB 55 – National Popular Vote – Passed HSEIC, Passed HJC, Listed on House Floor Temp. Calendar for today, 1-29, but word is that it will probably not be voted on till Wednesday, January 30.

HB 86 – Election Day and Early Voting Registration – Scheduled for HSEIC, Wednesday, January 30, 8:30 am, Room 305

SB 3 – Campaign Finance Reporting – Passed  SRC January 28 – waiting to be scheduled in SJC

SB 4 – Campaign Public Finance Changes – Passed  SRC January 28, – waiting to be scheduled in SJC

Please consider calling and/or emailing the members of these Committees to express your support of this bill. As always, be sure to be courteous, concise, and accurate. If a Representative or Senator is from your district, be sure to tell them that you are a constituent.

House State Government, Elections, & Indian Affairs Committee (HSEIC) members:

House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee (HCPAC) members:

Talking Points

HB 93 – Primary Election Participation by Decline To State Voters, sponsored by Rep. Ely

The bill would allow voters who “decline to state” a party (i.e. are not registered as Rep., Dem. or Libertarian) to vote in one of the parties primary elections.

  1. This bill would open the primaries to a lot more potential voters.
  2. It would increase public interest in the primaries and encourage greater participation in our elections.
  3. The bill gives many more New Mexicans a voice in choosing who will be the candidates in the general election.

HB 86 – Election Day & Early Voting Registration, sponsored by Rep. Ely

Bill provides for voter registration at polling places on Election Day and at early voting sites for primary and general elections.

1.This bill will significantly increase the pool of registered voters.

  1. It will strengthen democracy in New Mexico by increasing voter participation and turnout in our elections.
  2. NM Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver supports same-day voter registration.
  3. Fifteen states and the District of Columbia allow same-day voter registration.

HB 55 – National Popular Vote Compact, sponsored by Sen. Stewart and others

Bill enacts a Compact among the states to elect the President by the national popular vote, regardless of who wins the presidential election in New Mexico, or any other particular state. The Compact only takes effect once enough states with a collective number of 270 electoral votes (enough to elect a President) join the Compact.

  1. The Compact would eliminate “so-called’ battleground states in a presidential election and make candidates more likely to campaign in all states, including New Mexico. Currently, presidential candidates have no reason to pay attention to issues concerning voters in states where the outcome is a foregone conclusion. In 2012 general-election campaign events were held in only 12 states. Thirty-eight states were ignored completely.
  2. It would provide a direct correlation between the country’s popular vote outcome and the election results, thereby helping to regain NM voters’ trust in our elections and ensure their voices are equal to every voter across the country.
  3. It would make every vote equal nationwide, since all American voters would determine the presidential election outcome regardless of where they live or how the majority of voters in their state voted.
  4. It would increase the probability of higher voter turnouts in New Mexico as well as nationwide because all votes would count equally.
  5. It prevents someone from becoming president who did not receive the most votes nationwide. Five of our 45 Presidents came into office without winning the most popular votes nationwide; the 2000 and 2016 elections are most recent examples.
  6. The bill is a legislative priority of Common Cause New Mexico.

As always, be aware that things change quickly; to see whether a bill has been rescheduled, you can go to www.nmlegis.gov and click on the Committees tab at the top, then select the committee and check the agenda for that day. You can also click on the name of the Chair of that committee, and call their office number, to speak with a staff member.

To learn more about the bills, go to nmlegis.gov and click on the Legislation tab at the top, then click on “find legislation by number” and put the relevant info into the four fields, then click “Search.”

Also, under the Legislation tab, there are two very helpful video tutorials. I highly recommend watching these, to learn how to use the nmlegis website. 

Again, thanks so much for your participation. This is Democracy at work!

January 28 Update – LATE-BREAKING CHANGE

Thank you for your participation in the legislative process.

SB 3 – Campaign Finance Reporting, and SB 4 – Campaign Public Finance Changes – have been RESCHEDULED for 9 am TODAY, Monday, January 28. The Senate Rules Committee (SRC) will hear these bills in Room 321. An updated version of our talking points is below.

 Please note: These notices are intended for use by citizen advocates. We recommend identifying yourself as a concerned citizen and a supporter of New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics. If you want to become a registered lobbyist for NMMOP, contact John House, NMMOP President, at info@nmmop.org.

Other bills to watch/advocate for:

SB 191 – Lobbyist Reporting Requirements – Received unanimous Do Pass recommendation in SRC January 23. Passed unanimously on Senate Floor January 24. Scheduled in House State Government, Elections, and Indian Affairs (HSEIC) for Monday, January 28, 8:30 am, Room 305.

HB 55 – National Popular Vote – Passed (6 to 3) in HSEIC January 23. Huge turnout of people in favor. Passed in HJC January 25. Likely to be voted on the House Floor January 29 – check nmlegis.gov.

HB 57 – Restore Felon Voting Rights – Received Do Pass without Recommendation (vote was 5-3) in HSEIC January 25. Waiting to be scheduled in House Judiciary Committee (HJC).

HB 84 – Automatic Voter Registration – Received Do Pass without Recommendation (vote was 5-4) in HSEIC January 25. Waiting to be scheduled in House Judiciary Committee (HJC).

HB 86 – Election Day and Early Voting Registration – Pubic Comment was heard in HSEIC January 25. Waiting to be rescheduled for vote in HSEIC.

HB 93 – Primary Election Participation by Decline to State (DTS) Voters – This Open Primaries bill is scheduled in the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee (HCPAC) January 29, at 1:30 pm, Room 317.

Please consider calling and/or emailing the members of these Committees to express your support of these bills. As always, be sure to be courteous, concise, and accurate. If a Representative or Senator is from your district, be sure to tell them that you are a constituent.

For House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee (HCPAC) committee members, go to

https://nmlegis.gov/Committee/Standing_Committee?CommitteeCode=HCPAC

For Senate Rules Committee (SRC) members, go to:

https://nmlegis.gov/Committee/Standing_Committee?CommitteeCode=SRC

Scroll down to view the list of committee members. Click on each member’s name to see their contact information.

Talking Points

HB 93 – Primary Election Participation by Decline to State (DTS) Voters, sponsored by Rep. Ely

The bill would allow voters who “decline to state” (i.e. are not registered as Rep, Dem, or Libertarian) to vote in one of the parties’ primary elections.

  1. This bill would open the primaries to a lot more potential voters.
  2. It would increase public interest in the primaries and encourage greater participation in our elections.
  3. The bill gives many more New Mexicans a voice in choosing who will be the candidates in the general election.

SB 3 – Campaign Finance Reporting, sponsored by Sen. Wirth

Bill amends the Campaign Reporting Act. It eliminates certain loopholes for independent expenditures, (i.e. those made other than by a candidate or campaign committee) by PACs (Political Action Committees) and others, e.g. requiring the source of last minute “hit” ads to be disclosed, and all political advertisements to identify whose paying for them. It would also simplify and bring into compliance other finance reporting rules, e.g., a person who makes an independent expenditure not otherwise required to be reported under the Campaign Reporting Act shall file a report with the secretary of state within: (1) three days of making the expenditure if the expenditure, by itself or aggregated with all independent expenditures made by the same person during the election cycle, exceeds one thousand dollars ($1,000) in a non-statewide election or three thousand dollars ($3,000) in a statewide election.

 

  1. Bill exposes significant ‘dark money’ support for candidates by requiring campaign contribution transparency, which would reveal possible special interest undue influence on elections and legislators.
  2. It gives the voting public important information regarding campaign contributions by requiring disclosure of who is contributing significant financial support to each candidate in order to understand who may be attempting to influence or buy the support of candidates.

SB 4 – Campaign Public Finance Changes, sponsored by Sen. Wirth

Bill regulates public financing of campaigns including matching funds; limits distributions of funds to candidates in uncontested races; clarifies penalty provisions.

1.The bill promotes publicly financed campaigns by creating a “public election fund” for the purposes of: (1) financing the election campaigns of certified candidates for covered offices, i.e. any office of the judicial department subject to statewide elections and the office of public regulation commissioner; and (2) paying administrative and enforcement costs of the Voter Action Act.

  1. It helps to level the playing field involving privately funded candidates by financially supporting, within limits, candidates running in covered-offices elections who meet certain requirements.

HB 55 – National Popular Vote Compact, sponsored by Sen. Stewart and others

Bill enacts a Compact among the states to elect the President by the national popular vote, regardless of who wins the presidential election in New Mexico, or any other particular state. The Compact only takes effect once enough states with a collective number of 270 electoral votes (enough to elect a President) join the Compact.

  1. The Compact would eliminate “so-called’ battleground states in a presidential election and make candidates more likely to campaign in all states, including New Mexico. Currently, presidential candidates have no reason to pay attention to issues concerning voters in states where the outcome is a foregone conclusion. In 2012 general-election campaign events were held in only 12 states. Thirty-eight states were ignored completely.
  2. It would provide a direct correlation between the country’s popular vote outcome and the election results, thereby helping to regain NM voters’ trust in our elections and ensure their voices are equal to every voter across the country.
  3. It would make every vote equal nationwide, since all American voters would determine the presidential election outcome regardless of where they live or how the majority of voters in their state voted.
  4. It would increase the probability of higher voter turnouts in New Mexico as well as nationwide because all votes would count equally.
  5. It prevents someone from becoming president who did not receive the most votes nationwide. Five of our 45 Presidents came into office without winning the most popular votes nationwide; the 2000 and 2016 elections are most recent examples.
  6. The bill is a legislative priority of Common Cause New Mexico.

As always, be aware that things change quickly; to see whether a bill has been rescheduled, you can go to www.nmlegis.gov and click on the Committees tab at the top, then select the committee and check the agenda for that day. You can also click on the name of the Chair of that committee, and call their office number, to speak with a staff member.

To learn more about the bills, go to www.nmlegis.gov and click on the Legislation tab at the top, then click on “find legislation by number” and put the relevant info into the four fields, then click “Search.”

Also, under the Legislation tab, there are two very helpful video tutorials. I highly recommend watching these, to learn how to use the nmlegis website. 

Again, thanks so much for your participation. This is Democracy at work!

January 26 Update

Three more of the bills NMMOP is following have been scheduled to begin moving through the hearing process – HB 93, SB 3, and SB 4 – See below for more information. Scroll down for Talking Points.

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