March 21 NMMOP Legislative Update

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

FINAL NMMOP LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – MARCH 21

Greetings, Legislative Advocates

Happy Spring!

This will be our last update, as the 2019 NM Legislative session ended on Saturday, March 16.

You can scroll down for a list of all the bills NMMOP was following, starting with those that passed.

Firstly, a great big Thank You for all you did during the last couple months. I think we did well, as six of our bills passed, including some very important ones. Of course, we are disappointed that more bills did not make it to the finish line, but there’s always next time. On a positive note, many of the bills that “died” in committee or on the House or Senate floor, did so due to timing out, rather than being voted down. This bodes well for these bills in the next go-round. By “timing out,” I mean that there was simply not enough time for the bills to wend their way through the full process in the time allotted. Some were never scheduled in committees; others were still actively scheduled on the very last day; the clock just ran out. (In my opinion, this is its own problem; fortunately, there are some folks working on reforms for NM’s legislative process. It would be great to have a more functional, less frantic session someday.)

Some of the bills that didn’t make it all the way, did receive a lot of positive consideration. Many received Do Pass recommendations in multiple committees, and some even passed in one Chamber (House or Senate). Again, this bodes well for these bills in the next session. So, in addition to the actual “wins,” we can be glad that a lot of ground was covered in positive ways for many of our issue areas. Thanks to you.

One last bit of legislative action to take before putting the session to bed

Governor Lujan-Grisham has until April 5 to sign passed legislation, so I encourage you all to call her office at (505) 476-2200 and ask her to sign these bills. I’m not concerned about her vetoing any of them, but calling her office and asking her to sign these bills can give her a sense of how important and popular they are; it also tells her that people are still watching – both important elements of advocacy.

It’s been a wild ride, with many of our bills becoming fast-moving targets in the last two weeks of the session, and several others being rolled into new bills we didn’t even know about at first. I am grateful to all of you for the calls, emails, and in-person visits to the Roundhouse. We’ll never know exactly what impact our efforts had, but we can safely say “it didn’t hurt!” and, if the proof is in the pudding, we have some positive “wins” to show for our efforts.

There are three main ways that bills die:

  • Being tabled. This kills the bill directly and is basically a “no” vote.
  • Timing out, as described above.
  • Not being scheduled. Committee chairs have the sole authority to schedule a bill, which gives them an extraordinary amount of power. When a particular bill was stalling – that is, not being scheduled for a long period of time, we often made calls to the committee chair(s), requesting that they get the bill on the schedule. In some cases, it seems to have helped.

Without being present in the hearing room, or watching the hearings online, it’s hard to know exactly what happens to a bill. In a few cases, we were present, and able to observe what happened – who did what. This gives us useful information in terms of how specific Representatives and Senators feel about certain issues, and, more importantly, what they say and do. There is also a lot that happens in back rooms, that we may or may not find out about at any given point. Some of the groups we collaborated with, such as Common Cause New Mexico, were pretty good at keeping us informed about some of these back room goings-on, but there is still a lot that goes unseen, and our efforts at advocacy always have to stay fluid.

FEEDBACK, PLEASE

In addition to calling Governor Lujan-Grisham’s office, I’d like to ask you for one more thing. It would be helpful for us to have some feedback on these updates. I have received a few emails over the course of the last couple months, letting me know that people were calling, emailing, etc. in support of certain bills. Other than that, I can’t really tell how helpful the Legislative Updates have been. Please take a moment to answer the questions below and send back to me by reply email. You can be detailed, or brief – either way, I’d appreciate the feedback.

  1. How helpful were the Updates to you?
  2. Did you take action on any of the bills? If so, can you give a general sense of what actions(s) you took? Calls? Emails? In-person?
  3. Did you ever pass the updates on to other people?
  4. What improvements could be made in the way the updates were done?
  5. Do you want to help again next session, or in the interim?

BILLS THAT PASSED 

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

Passed House 41-27 and Senate 25-16. GOVERNOR EXPECTED TO SIGN

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.

 

SB 672 – Early and Auto Voter Registration, sponsored by Sen. Linda Lopez, Sen. Ivey-Soto, Rep. Linda Trujillo

Passed both housed along party lines. GOVERNOR EXPECTED TO SIGN

A combination of HB 84, Auto Voter Reg at MVD; SB 50, State Agency Auto Voter Registration; HB 86, Election Day & Early Voting Registration; and SB 52– 3-Day Voter Reg.

Allows automatic voter registration at DMV and other state agencies, allows voter registration on election day. Election day provision will not take effect till 2021. Party affiliation changes are not allowed on election day in primary elections. Election day registrations require photo id.

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

Passed both houses, with some bipartisan support; GOVERNOR EXPECTED TO SIGN

SB 3 and SB 4 have been in the works for many years, both were passed last year and vetoed by Governor Martinez.

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.

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

Passed both houses, almost unanimously; GOVERNOR EXPECTED TO SIGN

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. 

SB 668 – STATE ETHICS COMMISSION ACT, sponsored by Sen. Mimi Stewart

Passed both houses unanimously. GOVERNOR EXPECTED TO SIGN.

Bill is a substitute for HB 4 and SB 619. It creates an independent, seven-member state ethics commission with a professional executive director and staff to investigate and adjudicate ethics complaints against public officials, government contractors, lobbyists, state employees, candidates and related individuals.

  1. Commission can enforce civil compliance of Campaign Reporting Act, Voter Action Act, Lobbyist Regulation Act, Governmental Conduct Act and other ethics laws.
  2. Commission can file court actions to force civil compliance.
  3. Commission can hold public hearings on ethics complaints.
  4. Commission can impose fines and recommend disciplinary action.

SB 191 – Lobbyist Reporting Requirements, sponsored by Sen. Ivey-Soto

Passed in both houses. SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Senate Bill 191 amends the Lobbyist Regulation Act to change reporting requirements by lobbyists by requiring cumulative reporting of expenses incurred under $100 in addition to current requirements.

BILLS THAT DIED 

HB 57- Restore Felon Voting Rights, sponsored by Rep. Chasey

Passed HSEIC and HJC; DIED ON HOUSE FLOOR

Original bill simply repealing cancellation of voter’s registration after felony conviction was defeated in committee.  Substitute bill would allow a felon to register to vote upon release from prison, although he/she may not have completed parole or probation.

HJM 12 – Study All-Mail Elections, sponsored by Rep. Chandler

Passed HSEIC; DIED ON HOUSE FLOOR

calls on the Secretary of State to study the feasibility of conducting all mail elections in New Mexico and reporting to the appropriate interim legislative committee by December 1, 2019. 

HJR 6 – Allow for Runoff Elections, sponsored by Rep. Pratt

Passed HSEIC, HJC, House Floor, SRC; DIED ON SENATE FLOOR

Proposes to amend the state constitution to allow runoff elections in every election other than municipal elections. The resolution is to be submitted for approval by the people of the state in the next general election (November 2020) or any special election called for that purpose. 

SB 410 – School Counselor Voter Registration Agents, sponsored by Sen. Soules

Was never scheduled; DIED IN SRC

Would have required all high school counselors to be Voter Registration Agents. 

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

Passed HCPAC and HSEIC; DIED IN HJC

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.

SB 418 – Non-Affiliated Voters in Primary Elections, sponsored by Sen. Moores

Passed in SRC, heavily amended to remove major section which required parties to pay for their primary if they decided to limit the primary to their members; DIED IN SJC.

Would open primaries to DTS voters and voters affiliated with smaller parties. If major parties decide to limit their primaries to their own members, they must pay for and administer that primary election.  NMMOP did not take a position on this bill.

HB 131 – Post-Session Lobbying Reports, Sponsored by Thompson, Steinborn

Passed unanimously on House Floor; TABLED BY SRC

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.

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

Bill was judged dead in water early on, by Common Cause. Never got a hearing; DIED IN HSEIC      

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. 

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

Passed the House 65-0. DIED IN SPAC

Bill 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.

SB 303 – Public Corruption Act, sponsored by Sen. Moores, Rep. McQueen

Passed in SPAC; DIED IN SJC.

Identical to HB 169.

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

Passed HSEIC and HJC; DIED ON HOUSE FLOOR

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 any office of the judicial department subject to statewide elections and the office of public regulation commissioner.

HB 428 – S Sec. of State in Voter Action Act, sponsored by Rep. McQueen, Rep. Ruiloba

Passed HSEIC, DIED IN HAFC.

Similar to HB 428, only considering SOS.

SB 416 – The Redistricting Act , sponsored by Sen. Moores and Sen. Tallman

Passed SRC; DIED SJC

The bill requires the Legislative Council Service to acquire appropriate information and data and develop programs and procedures in preparation for drawing congressional, legislative, public regulation commission and public education commission redistricting plans on the basis of each federal census and other guidelines set out in the bill. Said plan shall be introduced into the legislature for consideration. The bill further provides for a temporary redistricting commission to perform certain functions including conducting public hearings on the plan in different regions of the state.

SB 449 – Public Disclosure of Income Tax Returns by Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidates, sponsored by Sen. Candelaria

DIED IN SRC

Bill requires a candidate for the office of president or vice president of the United States to file with the NM secretary of state copies of the candidate’s federal income tax returns for the five most recent taxable years for which a return was filed with the IRS at least seventy days prior to a general election in order for a candidate’s name to appear on the general election ballot. Said returns would be made public on the secretary of state’s website.

HB 249, Native American Voting Task Force, sponsored by Lente

Unanimous support in HSEIC; tabled in HAFC (appropriations) with no discussion; DIED IN HAFC

Bill requires the Secretary of State to convene and support a Native American Voting Task Force.

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

TABLED – DIED IN HCPAC

Calls on State to call for an Article V Convention, in order to create and enact amendment to the US Constitution regulating campaign finance. Was fiercely opposed by Common Cause, League of Women’s Voters, and other lobbying groups.

Again, one more big THANKS!!

Onward…

March 15 Update

Almost Home

The session ends at noon tomorrow, March 16. Afterwards, I will send one more communication, with an update on each of the bills NMMOP has followed this session. We have had quite a few successes, as well as some disappointments. Meanwhile, read below for one more “passed” bill, and two that are almost there. Watch the newspaper tomorrow and Sunday, and checkwww.nmlegis.gov for the final results. After the session ends, Governor Lujan-Grisham has until April 5 to sign all legislation.

 

Correction: I need to correct an error on my last update: Unfortunately, HB 131 – Post-Session Lobbying Reports did NOT Pass in SRC, as I reported. Instead, it was tabled in that committee on March 13, effectively killing the bill.

Ready for the Governor

SB 672 – Public Peace, Health, Safety and Welfare – Early and Auto Voter Registration passed on House Floor on March 14 and was concurred by the Senate. It now goes to the governor.

SB 672 is a melding of HB 84, Auto Voter Reg at MVD; SB 50, State Agency Auto Voter Registration; and HB 86, Election Day & Early Voting Registration. As such, it went back and forth, with a lot of discussion and tweaking. Important elements, such as election-day voter registration, were amended out, and then amended back in. In the final bill, voters are 1) automatically registered when conducting business at the DMV and other agencies (with the choice to opt out, rather than the current choice to opt in), and 2) voters can register up to and including election day, rather than the current rule, by which registration ceases 28 days before an election. This portion of the bill will not go into effect for a couple years, to give the County Clerks and Secretary of State adequate time to create the necessary infrastructure and policies to effectively enact this change.

Almost home

SB 668 – Public Peace, Health, Safety and Welfare – State Ethics Commission Act, sponsored by Mimi Stewart, passed in HJC, with several amendments. It is impossible to say exactly where it is, or how it will wind its way to the finish line. We feel it’s safe to say it will pass, because the Legislature is mandated to create an Ethics Commission. SB 668 took over just days ago, when HB 4 and SB  619 stalled in SRC. Many of the original elements of HB 4 (the version NMMOP has supported throughout) have been included or amended in, although it’s not over till it’s over. NMMOP supports SB 668 and hopes to see it go the distance.

HJR 6 Allow for Runoff Elections – Still scheduled on Senate Floor.

Thanks to each of you for participating in the hard and important work of legislative advocacy.

March 13 Update
Great News
Four of our bills are ready for the Governor to sign into law! All indications are that she will sign them, but it can’t hurt to call her office and encourage her to sign these bills. (505) 476-2200
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR ADVOCACY AROUND THESE BILLS.
Almost across the finish line. All five bills have passed in both houses and are ready for the governor’s signature
 
HB 55 – National Popular Vote
HB 407 – Election Laws 50-Year Tune-Up 
SB 3 – Campaign Finance Reporting  
SB 4 – Campaign Public Finance Changes 
One step away from passing  
HJR 6 Allow for Runoff Elections – Scheduled on Senate Floor
Watching closely
Voter Registration
The following 3 bills* appear to have been combined into SB 672 – Public Peace, Health, Safety and Welfare – Early and Auto Voter Registration, sponsored by Linda Lopez, Ivey-Soto and Linda Trujillo, passed on the Senate Floor March 12; passed in HSEIC March 13. Goes to House Floor.
*HB 84, Auto Voter Reg at MVD
*SB 50, State Agency Auto Voter Registration
*HB 86, Election Day & Early Voting Registration
Ethics
The following two Ethics bills stalled in SRC: HB 4 Ethics Commission (Ely) and SB 619 Ethics Commission (Lopez)
A new Ethics bill: SB 668 – Public Peace, Health, Safety and Welfare – State Ethics Commission Act, sponsored by Mimi Stewart was passed unanimously on the Senate floor March 12, and referred to HJC. Although it is not on the HJC schedule yet, word is that this bill must move through the system, as the legislature is obligated to fulfill the public’s request for an Ethics Commission. We’ll be watching this closely.
Bills signed by Governor and chartered into law
SB 191 – Lobbyist Reporting Requirements
Bills that have died
HJR 4, Free and Fair Election Amendment Convention, Died in HCPAC
HB 249, Native American Voting Task Force, Died in HAFC
HB 93, Primary Election Participation by DTS Voters, Died in HJC
A number of other bills are unlikely, at this point, to make it across the finish line. Mostly, they “die” in committee, by virtue of timing out. We hope that, by some magic, a few more can make it all the way during these next few hectic days.

March 11 Update

COUNTDOWN – Days remaining in session: 5

 

GREAT NEWS: HB 55 – National Popular Vote – was finally heard and passed in SRC yesterday, Sunday; it is now waiting to be scheduled in SJC. Once it passes there (hopefully) it goes to the Senate Floor. It’s not actually scheduled in SJC yet, so you can decide whether to wait for it to be scheduled, or whether to start contacting SJC members now, in support of HB 55, National Popular Vote (see SJC members listed below).

 

Hot item: Ethics Commission Bills

HB 4 – State Ethics Commission Act was heard in subcommittee (due to no quorum) in SRC yesterday. Public comment was taken. Discussions have been taking place between sponsors of both Ethics Commission bills (HB 4 and SB 619).

SB 619 – State Ethics Commission Act was on today’s SRC schedule. Sponsor Linda Lopez proposed a compilation of SB 619 and HB 4; HB 4 sponsor Daymon Ely disagreed with proposed compilation. Public comment was heard, all in opposition to the compilation, and in support of HB 4. After discussion, including concerns that “we have to pass something” and that “we are running out of time,” several votes were taken, ending in a tied stall. As stated earlier, NMMOP supports HB 4.

 

The issue of an Ethics Commission will come before SRC again tomorrow, Tuesday, March 12.

 

Please contact all SRC members (see below) in support of HB 4, and in opposition to SB 619, TODAY.

 

The following five bills were also technically on the SRC schedule today, Monday, March 11. At the time of this update, SRC session was adjourned. HB 407 passed; the others did not get heard.

HB 407 – Election Laws 50-Year Tune-up – Passed SRC

HB 84 – Auto Voter Reg at MVD and Other State Agencies 

SB 449 – Presidential Candidate Income Tax Returns

HB 131 – Post-Session Lobbying Reports

HJR 6 – Allow for Runoff Elections

 

MORE GREAT NEWS: 

SB 3 – Campaign Finance Reporting

SB 4 – Campaign Public Finance Changes

Both bills were passed on the House Floor. They have gone through Senate Concurrence and now go to the Governor.

 

SENATE RULES COMMITTEE

·       Dist. 11 – Linda M. Lopez, Chair (D), 986-4737, linda.lopez@nmlegis.gov       

·       Dist. 36 – Jeff Steinborn, Vice Chair (D), 986-4862, jeff.steinborn@nmlegis.gov    

·       Dist. 29 – Gregory A. Baca (R), 986-4877, greg.baca@nmlegis.gov         

·       Dist. 27 – Stuart Ingle, Minority Floor Leader (R), 986-4702, stuart.ingle@nmlegis.gov      

·       Dist. 15 – Daniel A. Ivey-Soto (D), 986-4270, daniel.ivey-soto@nmlegis.gov

·       Dist. 12 – Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D), 986-4482, jortizyp@msn.com

·       Dist. 38 – Mary Kay Papen (D), 986-4733, marykay.papen@nmlegis.gov

·       Dist. 32 – Cliff R. Pirtle (R), 986-4391, cliff.pirtle@nmlegis.gov

·       Dist. 30 – Clemente Sanchez (D), 986-4513, clemente.sanchez@nmlegis.gov

·       Dist. 18 – Bill G. Tallman (D), 986-4373, bill.tallman@nmlegis.gov

·       Dist. 21 – Mark Moores (R), 986-4856, mark.moores@nmlegis.gov

Easy-to-use email list for SRC:

linda.lopez@nmlegis.govjeff.steinborn@nmlegis.govgreg.baca@nmlegis.govstuart.ingle@nmlegis.govdaniel.ivey-soto@nmlegis.gov, marykay.papen@nmlegis.govcliff.pirtle@nmlegis.gov,clemente.sanchez@nmlegis.govbill.tallman@nmlegis.govmark.moores@nmlegis.gov

SENATE JUDICIARY

· Dist. 5 – Española – Richard C Martinez-D, Chair, (505) 986-4487, Rm 319, richard.martinez@nmlegis.gov

· Dist. 15 – Albuquerque – Daniel Ivey-Soto-D, Vice Chair, (505) 986-4270, Rm 300B, daniel.ivey-soto@nmlegis.gov

· Dist. 20 – Albuquerque – William H Payne-R, Ranking Member, (505) 986-4703, Rm 109B, william.payne@nmlegis.gov

· Dist. 29 – Belen – Gregory A Baca-R, (505) 986-4877, Rm 415I, greg.baca@nmlegis.gov

· Dist. 31 – Las Cruces  Joseph Cervantes-D, (505) 986-4861, Rm 3298B, Joseph@cervanteslawnm.com

· Dist. 34 –Alamogordo – Ron Griggs-R, (505) 986-4369, Rm 414A, ron.griggs@nmlegis.gov

· Dist. 11 – Albuquerque – Linda M Lopez-D, (505) 986-4737, Rm 320, linda.lopez@nmlegis.gov

· Dist. 21 – Albuquerque – Mark Moores-R, (505) 986-4856, Rm 414D, mark.moores@nmlegis.gov

· Dist. 13 – Albuquerque – Bill O’Neill-D, (505) 986-4260, Rm 300C, oneillsd13@billoneillfornm.com

· Dist. 17 – Albuquerque – Mimi Stewart-D, (505) 986-4726, Rm 120, mimi.stewart@nmlegis.gov

· Dist. 25 – Santa Fe – Peter Wirth-D, (505) 986-4727, Rm 119, peter.wirth@nmlegis.gov

March 9 Update

Hi again.

In a perfect example of how the legislative process becomes a moving target during the last week of the session, none of our bills were heard in SRC today. After confirming 2 Governor’s Appointees, and passing 2 Senate Memorials, the SRC adjourned at around 10:30 am, due to having lost their quorum. A number of Senators had to leave to present bills in other committees. All 4 of our bills are expected to be on the SRC schedule for TOMORROW, Sunday, March 10. I believe it’s in the afternoon, in Rm. 321, but can’t confirm exact time or location.

If you haven’t already done so, this gives you another chance to call and or email all SRC members (see below) to ask for a yes vote on these bills.

The schedule may change again, so if you are planning to show up in person, check www.nmlegis.gov, and be prepared for things to change yet again.

HB 4 – State Ethics Commission Act

HB 55 – National Popular Vote

HB 84 – Auto Voter Reg at MVD and Other State Agencies

SB 449 – Presidential Candidate Income Tax Returns   

Note: A competing Ethics Commission bill (SB 619) is also on tomorrow’s SRC schedule. NMMOP is NOT supporting this bill – rather, we are supporting HB 4.

GOOD NEWS: 

SB 4 – Campaign Public Finance Changes – Passed in HJC and now goes to the House Floor.

SENATE RULES COMMITTEE (SRC)

March 8 Update

LATE BREAKING IMPORTANT NEWS

Four important bills are FINALLY on the schedule in SRC tomorrow, Saturday, 9 am, Rm. 321:

SB 449 – Presidential Candidate Income Tax Returns  (# 4 on the schedule)

HB 4 – State Ethics Commission Act (# 14)

HB 55 – National Popular Vote (#15 )

HB 84 – Auto Voter Reg at MVD and Other State Agencies (# 16)

Please call and or email all SRC members in the morning (see below) and ask for a yes vote on these bills. 

The schedule may change, so if you are planning to show up in person, be prepared for things to change. 

Note: A competing Ethics Commission bill (SB 619) is also on tomorrow’s SRC schedule. NMMOP is NOT supporting this bill – rather, we are supporting HB 4.

ALSO, SB 4 – Campaign Public Finance Changes is scheduled in HJC tomorrow, Saturday, March 9, 9 am, Rm. 309.

Not-so-great news:

HB 93 – Primary Election Participation by DTS Voters – Tabled in HJC.

COMMITTEES

SENATE RULES COMMITTEE (SRC)

House Judiciary Committee (HJC)

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.

MARCH 4 UPDATE

Thanks for your activism. We still have high hopes for meaningful legislation to be passed during this session, but time is running short. Now is the time to step up whatever action you’ve been taking. If time and energy is limited, try picking one bill you particularly like, and focus your energy there. Every day make at least one call or send at least one email, urging a committee chair to get the bill scheduled, or asking for “yes” votes. In the end, no matter what happens, I think you’ll be glad you did.

NMMOP’s Top Eight Bills:

These 4 bills are stalled. Please call, email, or drop by the offices of Committee Chairs to urgently request that these bills be scheduled.

HB 55 – National Popular Vote – Passed on House Floor Feb. 1 and is still waiting to be scheduled in SRC.

HB 93 – Primary Election Participation by DTS Voters – Passed HSEIC Feb. 18. Waiting to be rescheduled in HJC.

HB 84 – Auto Voter Reg at MVD and Other State Agencies – Passed on House Floor Feb.19. Waiting to be scheduled in SRC.
HB 86 – Election Day & Early Voting Registration – Passed on House Floor Feb. 20. Waiting to be scheduled in SRC.

SRC Chair, Linda Lopez, (505) 986-4737, Rm. 320, linda.lopez@nmlegis.gov

HJC Chair, Gail Chasey, (505) 986-4411, Rm. 308A, gail@gailchasey.com

These four bills are moving through at a steady pace. Feel free to call and email all legislators, urging them to vote in support of these bills.

 

SB 4 – Campaign Public Finance Changes – Passed HSEIC March 2. Waiting to be scheduled in HJC.

SB 3 – Campaign Finance Reporting – Passed HJC March 2. Goes to House Floor.

HB 131 – Post-Session Lobbying Reports – Passed House Floor March 3. Waiting for Senate referrals.

HB 4 – State Ethics Commission Act – Passed House Floor March 3. Waiting for Senate referrals.

For all committee lists, go to https://nmlegis.gov/Calendar/Session and click on “Committees”

COMMITTEES

House Judiciary Committee (HJC)

SENATE RULES COMMITTEE (SRC)

FEBRUARY 28 UPDATE – 6 bills scheduled tomorrow, March 1!

Please Act Now

TOP-PRIORITY – stalled bill

**HB 55 – National Popular Vote – Passed on House Floor Feb. 1 and is still waiting to be scheduled in SRC.

Please contact SRC Chair and Vice Chair, requesting that they schedule HB 55 right away.

SRC Chair, Linda Lopez, (505) 986-4737, Rm. 320, linda.lopez@nmlegis.gov
SRC Vice-Chair, Jeff Steinborn, (505) 986-4862, Rm. 416F, jeff.steinborn@nmlegis.gov

Scheduled Bills (note: double asterisk ** indicates our 8 high-priority bills)

Five of our bills are scheduled in HJC on Friday:

**SB 3 – Campaign Finance Reporting – Scheduled in HJC, Friday, March 1, 1:30 pm, Rm. 309.

**HB 93 – Primary Election Participation by DTS Voters – Scheduled in HJC, Friday, March 1, 1:30 pm, Rm. 309.

HB 462 – Secretary of State and Attorney General Candidates in Voter Action Act – Scheduled in HJC, Friday, March 1, 1:30 pm, Rm. 309.

HB 57 – Restore Felon Voting Rights – Scheduled in HJC, Friday, March 1, 1:30 pm, Rm. 309.

HB 407 – Election Laws 50-Year Tune-Up – Scheduled in HJC, Friday, March 1, 1:30 pm, Rm. 309.

And one more is scheduled in HSEIC:

 

HJM 12 – Study of All-Mail Elections – Scheduled in HSEIC Friday, March 1, 8 am, Rm. 305.

Call and/or email Committee members to express your support. Be sure to use both the name and number of the 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.

Scroll down for Talking Points and Committee Member information.

Bills waiting to be scheduled:

 

These 3 bills have been waiting for many days. Please contact SRC and HSEIC Committee Chairs to request that they be scheduled asap.

 

**SB 4 – Campaign Public Finance Changes – Passed on Senate Floor Feb. 19. Waiting to be scheduled in HSEIC.

**HB 84 – Auto Voter Reg at MVD and Other State Agencies – Passed on House Floor Feb.19. Waiting to be scheduled in SRC.
**HB 86 – Election Day & Early Voting Registration – Passed on House Floor Feb. 20. Waiting to be scheduled in SRC.

**HB 4 – State Ethics Commission Act – Passed HJC Feb. 24. Passed HAFC Feb. 27. Goes to House Floor.

**HB 131 – Post-Session Lobbying Reports – Passed in HJC Feb. 27. Now goes to House Floor.

Current Status of Other Important Bills

SB 418 – Non-Affiliated Voters in Primary Elections – Passed in SRC Feb. 27. Waiting to be scheduled in SJC.

SB 416 – Redistricting Act – Passed in SRC Feb. 27. Waiting to be scheduled in SJC.

HB 169 – Public Corruption Act – Passed on House Floor Feb. 25. Waiting to be scheduled in SPAC.
SB 303 – Public Corruption Act (identical to HB 169) – Passed SPAC. Goes to Senate Floor.
HB 428 – Secretary of State Candidates in Voter Action Act – Passed HSEIC, waiting to be scheduled in HAFC.

SB 249 – Native American Voting Task Force – TABLED Feb. 27 in HAFC.

TALKING POINTS

 

SB 3 – Campaign Finance Reporting, sponsored by 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 candidatein order to understand who may be attempting to influence or buy the support of candidates.

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 Judiciary Committee (HJC)

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

SENATE RULES COMMITTEE (SRC)

FEBRUARY 25 UPDATE

With only 19 days left in the 2019 session, we have prioritized our bills, in order to be as effective as possible.

Please Take Action Now

SEVERAL OF OUR TOP PRIORITY BILLS HAVE STALLED; PLEASE CONTACT THE COMMITTEE CHAIRS SHOWN IN BOLD BELOW, REQUESTING THAT THEY SCHEDULE THE BILLS ASAP.

When a bill is scheduled, call and/or email Committee members to express your support. Be sure to use both the name and number of the 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.

Scroll down for Talking Points and Committee Member information.

TOP-PRIORITY:

HB 55 – National Popular Vote – Passed on House Floor Feb. 1. Waiting for 24 days now to be scheduled in SRC. Please contact Chair, Sen. Linda Lopez, (505) 986-4737, Rm. 320, linda.lopez@nmlegis.gov and Vice-Chair, Sen. Jeff Steinborn, (505) 986-4862, Rm. 416F, jeff.steinborn@nmlegis.govrequesting that they schedule HB 55 in SRC right away.

SB 3 – Campaign Finance Reporting – Passed Senate Floor Feb. 13. Waiting for 12 days now to be scheduled in HJC. Please contact Chair, Rep. Gail Chasey, (505) 986-4411, Rm. 308A, gail@gailchasey.com and Vice-Chair, Rep. Damon Ely, (505) 986-4432, Rm. 413F, damon.ely@nmlegis.govrequesting that they schedule SB 3 in HJC right away.

HB 131 – Post-Session Lobbying Reports – Passed HSEIC Feb. 12. Waiting for 13 days now to be scheduled in HJC. Please contact Chair, Rep. Gail Chasey, (505) 986-4411, Rm. 308A, gail@gailchasey.com and Vice-Chair, Damon Ely, (505) 986-4432, Rm. 413F, damon.ely@nmlegis.gov requesting that they schedule HB131 in HJC right away.

HB 84 – Auto Voter Reg at MVD and Other State Agencies – Passed on House Floor Feb. 19. Waiting to be scheduled in SRC.

HB 86 – Election Day & Early Voting Registration – Passed on House Floor Feb. 20. Waiting to be scheduled in SRC.

SB 4 – Campaign Public Finance Changes – Passed on Senate Floor Feb. 19. Waiting to be scheduled in HSEIC.

HB 93 – Primary Election Participation by DTS Voters – Passed HCPAC, passed HSEIC Feb. 18. Waiting to be scheduled in HJC.

HB 4 – State Ethics Commission Act – Passed HJC Feb. 24. Waiting to be scheduled in House Appropriations & Finance (HAFC)

Current Status of Other Important Bills

HB 169 – Public Corruption Act – Passed HJC. Scheduled on House Floor 2-25-19

SB 303 – Public Corruption Act (identical to HB 169) – Passed SPAC. Goes to Senate Floor.

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

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

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 55 – National Popular Vote Compact                           Sponsored by Sen. Stewart

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 Compactwould 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 toregain 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, sinceall 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.

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 candidatein order to understand who may be attempting to influence or buy the support of candidates.

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.

 

Committees

SENATE RULES COMMITTEE

 

House Judiciary 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.”

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

Ishwari Sollohub

(505) 231-1697

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.

 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.

(To see previous updates, scroll to the bottom of this page.)

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. Waiting to be scheduled on House Floor.

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.

SB 3 – Campaign Finance Reporting – Scheduled in Senate Rules Committee (SRC) January 28, 8 am, Room 321.

SB 4 – Campaign Public Finance Changes – Scheduled in Senate Rules Committee (SRC) January 28, 8 am, Room 321.

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 State Government, Elections, and Indian Affairs (HSEIC) committee members, go to:

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

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

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

For House Judiciary Committee (HJC) members, go to:

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

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 requires the source of last minute “hit” ads to be disclosed. It would also simplify and bring into compliance other finance reporting rules, e.g., a person who makes an independent expenditure (i.e. not by a candidate or campaign committee) 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 prohibits significant ‘dark money’ support for candidates by making campaign contributions transparent in that it requires the source of expenditures not by a candidate or campaign committee to be disclosed.
  2. It gives the voting public important information regarding candidates by requiring disclosure of who is providing significant financial support to each candidate.

 

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 84 (same as SB 50) – 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.

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!

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January 24 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.

SB 191 – Lobbyist Reporting Requirements – Received Do Pass recommendation in SRC January 23. Unanimous vote. Bill is scheduled on House Floor calendar for Thursday, January 24.

HB 55 – National Popular Vote – Passed (6 to 3) in HSEIC January 23. Huge turnout of people in favor. Scheduled in House Judiciary Committee (HJC) Friday, January 25, 1:30 pm, Room 309.

*HB 57 – Restore Felon Voting Rights (see below)

*HB 84 – Automatic Voter Registration (see below)

*HB 86 – Election Day and Early Voting Registration (see below)

*All three bills are rescheduled in HSEIC committee Friday, 8:30 am, Room 305. Public comment was heard for HB 57 on January 23. Hearing was interrupted due to Representatives being called to House Floor.

Please consider calling and/or emailing the members of the HSEIC Committee 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.

To find a list of HSEIC committee members, go to:

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

For House Judiciary Committee (HJC) members, go to:

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

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

Talking Points

HB 84 (same as SB 50) – 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.

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!

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The following is an evolving list of the bills we are supporting.

Voter Registration:

HB 57, Restore Felon Voting Rights,            Chasey

HB 84, Auto Voter Reg at MVD and Other State Agencies Providing Services to People with Disabilities (same as SB50),          Ely, Sarinana, Caballero

SB 50, State Agency Auto Voter Registration (MVD, Other Agencies Serving the Disables (ame 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

HB 249, Native American Voting Task Force,  Lente

HJM 12, Study of All-Mail Elections, Chandler

Campaign Finance

SB 3, Campaign Finance Reporting,        Wirth

SB 4, Campaign Public Finance Changes,           Wirth

National Popular Vote

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

Open Primaries

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

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

HJR 6, Allow for Runoff Elections, Pratt, Lente

Lobbying

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

HB 140, Employer Estimated Lobbyist Reports,          Thompson, Steinborn

SB 191, Lobbyist Reporting Requirements,                   Ivey-Soto

Corruption

HB 169, Public Corruption Act,                McQueen

Article V Convention

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