Legislative Action Committee Updates

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NMMOP LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, FEBRUARY 17, 2020

Hello Advocates.

Please see the info in the forwarded email below from Common Cause about SJR 7, Ethics Commission to Determine Salaries, which is scheduled for a vote on the Senate Floor today. This is one of the bills we have been tracking and it needs your support to keep moving. Please contact your senators.

One of our other bills, SB 229 – Election Laws Cleanup, is technically scheduled for SRC today, Monday, Feb. 17, which began at 8:30 am, Rm. 321. They are starting with three appointments, and then there are 17 (!) bills scheduled. SB 229 is number 13. In case the schedule gets changed and it actually does get heard, emails and texts to members of the SRC would be helpful. To send a group email, use:

linda.lopez@nmlegis.govbill.tallman@nmlegis.govmark.moores@nmlegis.govgreg.baca@nmlegis.gov,  stuart.ingle@nmlegis.govdaniel.ivey-soto@nmlegis.gov,  jortizyp@msn.commarykay.papen@nmlegis.govcliff.pirtle@nmlegis.govclemente.sanchez@nmlegis.govjeff.steinborn@nmlegis.gov

For phone numbers, see attachment.

Thanks for your advocacy. This is what Democracy looks like!

Ishwari Sollohub

(505) 231-1697

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NMMOP Legislative Update Feb 17, including Forward from Common Cause, From: Heather Ferguson, Common Cause New Mexico <causenet@commoncause.org>
Date: Mon, Feb 17, 2020 at 9:01 AM

Dear Friend,

With just four days left in the 2020 New Mexico Legislative Session, we need your voice to advance our priority bills. We have been working around the clock, tracking key legislation that could change the face of our democracy in New Mexico. But as always, time is ticking.

>>Please call your legislators today on the important legislation related to the State Ethics Commission and for an important legislative training program for UNM students.<<

·  CALL TO ACTION: Call your Senator and ask them to support SJR 7, Ethics Commission to Determine Salaries. This weekend, the Albuquerque Journal published an article covering this important bill. Read the story here.

·  CALL TO ACTION: Call your Senator and ask them to schedule SB 109, Civic Leadership and Legislative Training in the Senate Finance Committee.

Thank you for your advocacy!

In common cause,

Heather Ferguson, Executive Director
and the entire Common Cause New Mexico team

Common Cause New Mexico
PO Box 278
Albuquerque, NM 87103
505.323.6399
 

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NMMOP LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, FEBRUARY 15, 2020

Dear Legislative Advocate,

We are nearing the end of the session but important things are still happening. Time to really pay attention. Please contact members of SJC today, to support Open Primaries (see below for contact info).

SM 12 – Open Primaries is scheduled for hearing in SJC today, Feb. 15

It would be great to get this bill through one more committee.

PLEASE SEND EMAILS/ TEXTS TODAY.

Two bills are scheduled for Floor votes today, Saturday, Feb. 15 

  • SJR 7– ETHICS COMMISSION SET ELECTED OFFICIAL SALARIES – Passed SJC and is scheduled on Senate Floor, Feb 15.
  • HB 229 – ELECTION LAWS CLEANUP – Passed HJC and is scheduled on House Floor, Feb 15. 

-SCHEDULED FOR HEARING

SM 12 – Recommendations for Open Primary Elections sponsored by Sen. Bill Tallman

Scheduled in SJC Saturday, Feb 15, 2 pm (or ½ hr. after floor session ends), Rm. 321

            REQUESTS THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO STUDY AND PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS ON INSTITUTING OPEN PRIMARY ELECTIONS.

  1. Public funds pay for primary elections. Therefore, they should be as open to as many voters as possible.
  2. Unaffiliated voters should have the legitimate right to help choose candidates.
  3. Some voters have resorted to temporarily changing their registration before a primary in order to vote in that primary. Unaffiliated voters should not have to “play the system” in order to have a say in who is ultimately on the ballot.

Please help by attending the hearing, or by emailing or texting members of the Senate Judiciary Committee

Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC)

Use the list below to email the whole SJC committee at once, but please paste them into the “bcc” field, putting your own email in the “To” field, to avoid Spam filters:

joseph@cervanteslawnm.comdaniel.ivey-soto@nmlegis.govlinda.lopez@nmlegis.govrichard.martinez@nmlegis.govoneillsd13@billoneillfornm.commimi.stewart@nmlegis.govpeter.wirth@nmlegis.govwilliam.payne@nmlegis.govgreg.baca@nmlegis.govron.griggs@nmlegis.govmark.moores@nmlegis.gov

FULL LIST OF 2020 LEGISLATION BEING TRACKED BY NMMOP

  • HM 8 – Redistricting Task Force, sponsored by Rep. Damon Ely, bill to be reintroduced next session
  • SB 134 – Study Independent Redistricting Commission, sponsored by Sens. Liz Stefanics, Mark Moores, Passed inSRC Feb. 7, waiting to be scheduled in SFC
  • SB 53 – Post-Session Lobbying Reports, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Steinborn, in SCC, waiting to be referred to SRC.
  • HJR 3 – Open Primaries for Unaffiliated Voters, sponsored by Rep. Damon Ely, passed in HSEIC 1-29, bill to be reintroduced next session
  • SM 12 – Recommendations for Open Primary Elections, sponsored by Sen. Bill Tallman, Passed in SRC, scheduled in SJC Sat. Feb 15 ( see above).
  • SJR 7 – Ethics Commission to set elected Official Salaries, sponsored by Sens. Daniel A. Ivey-Soto, Roberto “Bobby” J. Gonzales, Patricia A. Lundstrom, Candie G. Sweetser, Passed SJC and is scheduled on Senate Floor, Feb 15.SB 4 – Complete Count In 2020 Census, sponsored by Sens. William F. Burt, Susan K. Herrera, Liz Stefanics,Passed unanimously in all committees, and on both the Senate and House Floors. Signed by Governor.HB 229 – Election Laws Cleanup, sponsored by Reps. Linda M. Trujillo, Daniel Ivey-Soto, Passed HJC and is scheduled on House Floor, Feb 15. SB 267 – District Judges in Voter Action Act. Waiting for governor’s “message.”

 If you know others who care about these issues – particularly outside the Santa Fe area – please forward this information to them and invite them to participate also. Representatives and Senators care about what their constituents want, and a few constituent calls or emails could make the difference in how a vote is cast.

As stated above, things can change very quickly; to be sure a bill has not 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 www.nmlegis.gov website.

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

Ishwari Sollohub

(505) 231-1697

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NMMOP LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, FEBRUARY 11, 2020

Dear Legislative Advocate,

Good news. One of our bills has made it to the finish gate!

SB 4 – Complete Count In 2020 Census, passed unanimously through both houses and has been signed by the governor. The bill appropriates 8 million dollars to conduct outreach efforts to achieve a statewide complete count in the 2020 Census. This is critically important in assuring that everyone residing in the state is counted, so that New Mexico receives its fair share of federal funding and other resources based on the total population.  

Two bills are scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 12: (see below for details) 

  • SJR 7 – ETHICS COMMISSION SET ELECTED OFFICIAL SALARIES
  • HB 229 – ELECTION LAWS CLEANUP 

New Action Item

SB 267 – District Judges in Voter Action Act: In order for this Public Campaign Financing bill to be referred, heard in committee(s) and voted on, it needs to receive a “message” from the governor. Please take literally two minutes and call the governor’s office – (505) 476-2200. Request that the governor send a message on SB 276, so that District Judges can be added to the short list of elected offices that are included in New Mexico’s Public Campaign Financing of Elections laws. THANK YOU!

-SCHEDULED FOR HEARING

SJR 7 – ETHICS COMMISSION SET ELECTED OFFICIAL SALARIES has been rolled over to be heard in SJC on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2:30 pm, Room 321. There’s still time to call, email, and text committee members in support of this bill. We expect that there will be some friendly amendments.

            TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION OF NEW MEXICO BY PROVIDING TO THE STATE ETHICS COMMISSION THE SOLE AUTHORITY TO REVIEW AND ESTABLISH SALARIES EVERY TWO YEARS FOR ALL ELECTED STATE OFFICERS AND ALL ELECTED COUNTY OFFICERS.

Sponsored by Daniel A. Ivey-Soto, Roberto “Bobby” J. Gonzales and Patricia A. Lundstrom

  1. Having one body making these salary decisions would provide for consistency in state and county salaries.
  2. It would help eliminate the possibility of corruption or bias in determining state and county salaries.
  3. It would remove politics from salary determinations.

Please help by attending the hearing, or by emailing or texting members of the Senate Judiciary Committee

Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC)

Use the list below to email the whole SJC committee at once, but please paste them into the “bcc” field, putting your own email in the “To” field, to avoid Spam filters:

joseph@cervanteslawnm.comdaniel.ivey-soto@nmlegis.govlinda.lopez@nmlegis.govrichard.martinez@nmlegis.govoneillsd13@billoneillfornm.commimi.stewart@nmlegis.govpeter.wirth@nmlegis.govwilliam.payne@nmlegis.govgreg.baca@nmlegis.govron.griggs@nmlegis.govmark.moores@nmlegis.gov

HB 229 – ELECTION LAWS CLEANUP is scheduled in HJC for Wednesday, Feb 12, 1:30 pm, Rm. 309.

HB 229 amends NM election laws, mostly regarding procedural matters. It improves and makes the election process more efficient. Among other things, HB 229:

  1. PROVIDES TIME FRAMES FOR LOCAL PUBLIC BODIES TO REDISTRICT;
  1. REVISES REQUIREMENTS FOR VOTER REGISTRATION AT A VOTING LOCATION PRIOR TO VOTING;
  1. ADJUSTS THE TIME FRAME FOR PROCESSING REGISTRATIONS AFTER AN ELECTION;
  1. AMENDS PROCESS REQUIREMENTS FOR DRIVER’S LICENSE VOTER REGISTRATION;
  1. REINSTATES THE ELECTION OF DISTRICT ATTORNEYS TO THE YEAR IN WHICH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS ELECTED; AND
  1. INCREASES THE TIME THE SECRETARY OF STATE HAS TO RESPOND TO REFERENDUM PETITIONS.

Help by calling, emailing, or texting House Judiciary Committee members:

Use the list below to email the whole HJC committee at once, but please paste them into the “bcc” field, putting your own email in the “To” field, to avoid Spam filters:

gail@gailchasey.comdaymon.ely@nmlegis.goveliseo.alcon@nmlegis.govdeborah.armstrong@nmlegis.govmicaela.cadena@nmlegis.govchristine.chandler@nmlegis.gov,  zachary.cook@nmlegis.govbrian.egolf@nmlegis.govdayan.hochman-vigil@nmlegis.govgeorgene.louis@nmlegis.govmatthew.mcqueen@nmlegis.govgreg.nibert@nmlegis.govbill.rehm@nmlegis.govtownsend@pvtn.net

-or, go to https://nmlegis.gov/Committee/Standing_Committee?CommitteeCode=HJC

-or, see attached list of HJC committee members.

FULL LIST OF 2020 LEGISLATION BEING TRACKED BY NMMOP

  • HM 8 – Redistricting Task Force, sponsored by Rep. Damon Ely, bill to be reintroduced next session
  • SB 134 – Study Independent Redistricting Commission, sponsored by Sens. Liz Stefanics, Mark Moores, Passed inSRC Feb. 7, waiting to be scheduled in SFC
  • SB 53 – Post-Session Lobbying Reports, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Steinborn, in SCC, waiting to be referred to SRC.
  • HJR 3 – Open Primaries for Unaffiliated Voters, sponsored by Rep. Damon Ely, passed in HSEIC 1-29, bill to be reintroduced next session
  • SM 12 – Recommendations for Open Primary Elections, sponsored by Sen. Bill Tallman, Passed in SRC Feb 7, waiting to be scheduled in SJC.
  • SJR 7 – Ethics Commission to set elected Official Salaries, sponsored by Sens. Daniel A. Ivey-Soto, Roberto “Bobby” J. Gonzales, Patricia A. Lundstrom, Candie G. Sweetser, passed in SRC 1-29. Scheduled in SJC for Feb 12 (see above).
  • SB 4 – Complete Count In 2020 Census, sponsored by Sens. William F. Burt, Susan K. Herrera, Liz Stefanics,Passed unanimously in all committees, and on both the Senate and House Floors. Signed by Governor.
  • HB 229 – Election Laws Cleanup, sponsored by Reps. Linda M. Trujillo, Daniel Ivey-Soto, scheduled in HJC, Wed. Feb. 12 (see above).
  • SB 267 – District Judges in Voter Action Act(New to the list). Waiting for governor’s “message.” (see above)

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NMMOP LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, FEBRUARY 9, 2020

Dear Legislative Advocate,

We are past the halfway mark in this “short session.” A lot of good things have happened with the bills we are tracking. Thanks to those of you who have been making calls, sending texts and emails, and showing up at hearings. It’s working!

Two bills passed in SRC on Feb. 7:

  • SM 12 – Recommendations for Open Primary Elections, amended
  • SB-134 – Study Independent Redistricting Commission, amended

–SCHEDULED FOR HEARING

SJR 7 ETHICS COMMISSION SET ELECTED OFFICIAL SALARIES is scheduled for SJC on Monday, Feb. 10, 2:30 pm, Room 321. Scheduled as fourth of six bills. 

            TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION OF NEW MEXICO BY PROVIDING TO THE STATE ETHICS COMMISSION THE SOLE AUTHORITY TO REVIEW AND ESTABLISH SALARIES EVERY TWO YEARS FOR ALL ELECTED STATE OFFICERS AND ALL ELECTED COUNTY OFFICERS.

Sponsored by Daniel A. Ivey-Soto, Roberto “Bobby” J. Gonzales and Patricia A. Lundstrom

  1. Having one body making these salary decisions would provide for consistency in state and county salaries.
  2. It would help eliminate the possibility of corruption or bias in determining state and county salaries.
  3. It would remove politics from salary determinations.

Please help by attending the hearing, or by emailing or texting members of the Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) 

Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC)

Use the list below to email the whole committee at once, but please paste them into the “bcc” field, putting your own email in the “To” field, to avoid Spam filters:

joseph@cervanteslawnm.comdaniel.ivey-soto@nmlegis.govlinda.lopez@nmlegis.govrichard.martinez@nmlegis.govoneillsd13@billoneillfornm.commimi.stewart@nmlegis.govpeter.wirth@nmlegis.govwilliam.payne@nmlegis.govgreg.baca@nmlegis.govron.griggs@nmlegis.govmark.moores@nmlegis.gov

FULL LIST OF 2020 LEGISLATION BEING TRACKED BY NMMOP

  • HM 8 – Redistricting Task Force, sponsored by Rep. Damon Ely, bill to be reintroduced next session
  • SB 134 – Study Independent Redistricting Commission, sponsored by Sens. Liz Stefanics, Mark Moores, Passed in SRC Feb. 7, waiting to be scheduled in SFC
  • SB 53 – Post-Session Lobbying Reports, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Steinborn, in SCC, waiting to be referred to SRC.
  • HJR 3 – Open Primaries for Unaffiliated Voters, sponsored by Rep. Damon Ely, passed in HSEIC 1-29, bill to be reintroduced next session
  • SM 12 – Recommendations for Open Primary Elections, sponsored by Sen. Bill Tallman, Passed in SRC Feb 7, waiting to be scheduled in SJC.
  • SJR 7 – Ethics Commission to set elected Official Salaries, sponsored by Sens. Daniel A. Ivey-Soto, Roberto “Bobby” J. Gonzales, Patricia A. Lundstrom, Candie G. Sweetser, passed in SRC 1-29. Scheduled in SJC for Feb 10 (see above).
  • SB 4 – Complete Count In 2020 Census, sponsored by Sens. William F. Burt, Susan K. Herrera, Liz Stefanics, Passed unanimously in all committees, and on both the Senate and House Floors. It now awaits the governor’s signature.
  • HB 229 – Election Laws Cleanup, sponsored by Reps. Linda M. Trujillo, Daniel Ivey-Soto, Passed unanimously in HSEIC Feb. 5, waiting to be scheduled in HJC.

 

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NMMOP LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, FEBRUARY 6, 2020

Dear Legislative Advocate,

  • Two bills: SM 12 – Recommendations for Open Primary Elections, anSB 134 – Study Independent Redistricting Commission, are scheduled in SRC tomorrow, Friday, Feb 7, at 9 am, Room 321
  • SB 4 – Complete Count in Census passed unanimously in all committees, and on both the Senate and House Floors. It now awaits the governor’s signature.
  • HB 229 – Election Laws Cleanup passed unanimously in HSEIC Feb. 5, is now waiting to be scheduled in HJC.

–SCHEDULED FOR HEARING

SM 12 – Recommendations for Open Primary Elections is scheduled in Senate Rules (SRC) Friday, Feb. 7, 9 am, Room 321. Scheduled as second of 7 bills.

            SM 12 REQUESTS THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO STUDY AND PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS ON INSTITUTING OPEN PRIMARY ELECTIONS. Sponsored by Sen. Bill Tallman.

  1. Public funds pay for primary elections. Therefore, they should be as open to as many voters as possible.
  2. Unaffiliated voters should have the legitimate right to help choose candidates.
  3. Some voters have resorted to temporarily changing their registration before a primary in order to vote in that primary. Unaffiliated voters should not have to “play the system” in order to have a say in who is ultimately on the ballot. 

SB 134 Independent Redistricting Commission has bipartisan sponsorship and is scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, 9:00 am, in Senate Rules Committee (SRC), room 321. It is scheduled to be the last of 7 bills, but as we know, things can change, so it could be moved up.

When amended, bipartisan SB134 Study will provide funding to the Secretary of State to convene a redistricting task force. The task force would commence in the late spring of 2020 and make recommendations to the relevant interim committee and the 2021 Legislature. Sponsored by Sens. Liz Stefanics (D), Mark Moores (R)

Please help by attending. Also help by emailing or texting the following Senators in SRC, whose support for these bills is not yet confirmed:

Linda Lopez                 (505) 831-4148            linda.lopez@nmlegis.gov

Mary Kay Papen           (575) 524-4462        marykay.papen@nmlegis.gov

Clemente Sanchez       (505) 287-2515         clemente.sanchez@nmlegis.gov

Daniel Ivey-Soto            (505) 881-4475        daniel.ivey-soto@nmlegis.gov

Gregory Baca                (505) 227-6335        greg.baca@nmlegis.gov

Stuart Ingle                    (575) 356-3088        stuart.ingle@nmlegis.gov

Greg Baca                      (505) 227-6335        greg.baca@nmlegis.gov

Cliff Pirtle                        (575) 626-7046        cliff.pirtle@nmlegis.gov

FULL LIST OF 2020 LEGISLATION BEING TRACKED BY NMMOP

  • HM 8 – Redistricting Task Force, sponsored by Rep. Damon Ely, bill to be reintroduced next session
  • SB 134 – Study Independent Redistricting Commission, sponsored by Sens. Liz Stefanics, Mark Moores, scheduled in SRC for Feb. 7 (see above)
  • SB 53 – Post-Session Lobbying Reports, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Steinborn, in SCC, waiting to be referred to SRC.
  • HJR 3 – Open Primaries for Unaffiliated Voters, sponsored by Rep. Damon Ely, passed in HSEIC 1-29, bill to be reintroduced next session
  • SM 12 – Recommendations for Open Primary Elections, sponsored by Sen. Bill Tallman, scheduled in SRC Feb. 7 (see above)
  • SJR 7 – Ethics Commission to set elected Official Salaries, sponsored by Sens. Daniel A. Ivey-Soto, Roberto “Bobby” J. Gonzales, Patricia A. Lundstrom, Candie G. Sweetser, passed in SRC 1-29. Waiting to be scheduled in SJC.
  • SB 4 – Complete Count In 2020 Census, sponsored by Sens. William F. Burt, Susan K. Herrera, Liz Stefanics, Passed unanimously in all committees, and on both the Senate and House Floors. It now awaits the governor’s signature.
  • HB 229 – Election Laws Cleanup, sponsored by Reps. Linda M. Trujillo, Daniel Ivey-Soto, Passed unanimously in HSEIC Feb. 5, waiting to be scheduled in HJC.

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NMMOP LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, FEBRUARY 4, 2020

Dear Legislative Advocate,

Today’s update is relatively brief:

  • One bill (HB 229 Election Laws Cleanup) is scheduled for Wednesday morning, Feb 5
  • SB 4 (Complete Count in Census) is moving through quickly and appears likely to cross the finish line
  • Another bill (HJR 3 Open Primaries) is still stalled and needs strategic action by constituents of HJC members.  (see yellow highlight below)

–SCHEDULED FOR HEARING

HB 229 – ELECTION LAWS CLEANUP sponsored by Reps. Linda M. Trujillo, Daniel Ivey-Soto

Scheduled in HSEIC Wednesday, Feb. 5, 8:30 am, Room 305

Please call and/or email embers of the HSEIC. A detailed contact list is attached to this email.

Or, go to https://www.nmlegis.gov/Committee/Standing_Committee?CommitteeCode=HSEIC

You can also use this ready-to-use email list:

HSEIC member emails

georgene.louis@nmlegis.govdwonda.johnson@nmlegis.govgail@gailchasey.comdaymon.ely@nmlegis.govdayan.hochman-vigil@nmlegis.govderrick.lente@nmlegis.govgreg.nibert@nmlegis.govbill.rehm@nmlegis.govmartin.zamora@nmlegis.gov

HB 229 amends NM election laws, mostly regarding procedural matters. It improves and makes the election process more efficient. Among other things, HB 229:

  1. Provides time frames for local public bodies to redistrict;
  1. Revises requirements for voter registration at a voting location prior to voting;
  1. Adjusts the time frame for processing registrations after an election;
  1. Amends process requirements for driver’s license voter registration;
  1. Reinstates the election of district attorneys to the year in which the president of the united states is elected; and
  1. Increases the time the secretary of state has to respond to referendum petitions. 

–MOVING THROUGH  

SB 4 COMPLETE COUNT IN 2020 CENSUS

This bipartisan bill passed unanimously in the Senate, and in HAFC. It is now on the House Temporary Calendar, waiting to be scheduled for vote on House Floor.

Sponsored by William F. Burt, Susan K. Herrera, Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics, Gail Armstrong

  1. Eight million dollars ($8,000,000) is appropriated from the general fund to the department of finance and administration for expenditure in fiscal years 2020 and 2021.
  2. To conduct outreach efforts to achieve a statewide complete count in the 2020 census.
  3. Important that everyone in New Mexico is counted in the census so that New Mexico receives its fair share of federal funding and other resources based on the total population.

STALLED BILL (Action Item in yellow)

HJR 3 – OPEN PRIMARIES FOR UNAFFILIATED VOTERSsponsored by Rep. Damon Ely

Passed in HSEIC 1-29. Bill appears to be stuck. It is unlikely to be scheduled in HJC, due to not having enough support at this time. There is some thought that it will have a better chance in a 60-day session, and that waiting is prudent. Still, if you’re a constituent of an HJC member, please call or email them and ask them to support HJR 3 – Open Primaries for Unaffiliated Voters. Even if HJR 3 doesn’t get scheduled, we need legislators to know this is an important issue for their constituents.

PROPOSES TO AMEND ARTICLE 7 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF NEW MEXICO TO ALLOW VOTERS WHO HAVE NOT SELECTED A PARTY AFFILIATION TO VOTE IN THE PRIMARY ELECTION OF A POLITICAL PARTY AND PROVIDING POLITICAL PARTIES THE OPTION OF ALLOWING ONLY PARTY MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PARTY’S NOMINATION PROCESS ON CONDITION THAT THE PARTY PAYS THE COSTS OF THAT PROCESS.

  1. Public funds pay for primary elections. Therefore, they should be as open to as many voters as possible.
  2. Unaffiliated voters should have the right to help choose candidates.

Again, if you’re a constituent of an HJC member, please call or email them and ask them to support Open Primaries for Unaffiliated Voters – HJR 3.

To see whether your Representative is a member of HJC, and for member contact information, open detailed contact list for HJC, attached to this email.

-or – go to https://www.nmlegis.gov/Committee/Standing_Committee?CommitteeCode=HJC

FULL LIST OF 2020 LEGISLATION BEING TRACKED BY NMMOP

  • HM 8 – Redistricting Task Force, sponsored by Rep. Damon Ely, bill is stalled (see Feb. 1 update)
  • SB 134 – Study Independent Redistricting Commission, sponsored by Sens. Liz Stefanics, Mark Moores, waiting to be scheduled in SRC.
  • SB 53 – Post-Session Lobbying Reports, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Steinborn, in SCC, waiting to be referred to SRC
  • HJR 3 – Open Primaries for Unaffiliated Voters, sponsored by Rep. Damon Ely, passed in HSEIC 1-29-2020, bill is currently stalled (see above)
  • SM 12 – Recommendations for Open Primary Elections, sponsored by Sen. Bill Tallman, waiting to be scheduled in SRC
  • SJR 7 – Ethics Commission to set elected Official Salaries, sponsored by Sens. Daniel A. Ivey-Soto, Roberto “Bobby” J. Gonzales, Patricia A. Lundstrom, Candie G. Sweetser, passed in SRC 1-29-2020. Waiting to be scheduled in SJC.
  • SB 4 – Complete Count In 2020 Census, sponsored by Sens. William F. Burt, Susan K. Herrera, Liz Stefanics, passed SPAC 1-27, passed SFC 1-28, passed unanimously on Senate floor 1-29, passed HAFC Feb 1, currently on House Temp. Calendar
  • HB 229 – Election Laws Cleanup, sponsored by Reps. Linda M. Trujillo, Daniel Ivey-Soto, scheduled in HSEIC. Wed. Feb. 5, 8:30 am, Room 305

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NMMOP LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, FEBRUARY 1, 2020

Dear Legislative Advocate,

So far, scheduling of the bills we are tracking has been very last-minute, with little time to take action prior to hearings. Most of today’s Update is simply that – an update on recent activity.

One bill (SB 4) is scheduled for this morning, Feb 1

Another bill (HJR 3) needs strategic action by constituents of HJC members.  (see yellow highlight below)

–SCHEDULED FOR HEARING

SB 4 COMPLETE COUNT IN 2020 CENSUS, Sponsored by William F. Burt, Susan K. Herrera, Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics, Gail Armstrong

This bipartisan bill passed in SPAC and SFC, and then passed unanimously on the Senate floor.

Saturday, Feb 1, 10 am, Rm. 307

  1. Eight million dollars ($8,000,000) is appropriated from the general fund to the department of finance and administration for expenditure in fiscal years 2020 and 2021.
  2. To conduct outreach efforts to achieve a statewide complete count in the 2020 census.
  3. Important that everyone in New Mexico is counted in the census so that New Mexico receives its fair share of federal funding and other resources based on the total population.

–RECENT DEVELOPMENTS (Action Item in yellow)

HJR 3 – OPEN PRIMARIES FOR UNAFFILIATED VOTERSsponsored by Rep. Damon Ely

Passed in HSEIC 1-29. Bill appears to be stuck. It is unlikely to be scheduled in HJC, due to not having enough support at this time. There is some thought that it will have a better chance in a 60-day session, and that waiting is prudent. Still, if you’re a constituent of an HJC member, please call or email them and ask them to support HJR 3 – Open Primaries for Unaffiliated Voters. Even if HJR 3 doesn’t get scheduled, we need legislators to know this is an important issue for their constituents.

PROPOSES TO AMEND ARTICLE 7 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF NEW MEXICO TO ALLOW VOTERS WHO HAVE NOT SELECTED A PARTY AFFILIATION TO VOTE IN THE PRIMARY ELECTION OF A POLITICAL PARTY AND PROVIDING POLITICAL PARTIES THE OPTION OF ALLOWING ONLY PARTY MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PARTY’S NOMINATION PROCESS ON CONDITION THAT THE PARTY PAYS THE COSTS OF THAT PROCESS.

  1. Public funds pay for primary elections. Therefore, they should be as open to as many voters as possible.
  2. Unaffiliated voters should have the right to help choose candidates.

Again, if you’re a constituent of an HJC member, please call or email them and ask them to support Open Primaries for Unaffiliated Voters – HJR 3.

For contact information for HJC, open abbreviated listing of HJC, attached to this email.

-or – go to https://www.nmlegis.gov/Committee/Standing_Committee?CommitteeCode=HJC

HM 8 – REDISTRICTING TASK FORCEsponsored by Rep. Damon Ely

HM 8 appears to be stuck due to conflicting views between parties about the composition of the Task Force.  Understandably, Speaker Egolf is hesitant to bring it up for a vote on the floor if it is going to lead to a long debate. This is especially true in a 30-day session. HM 8 will not be withdrawn but is unlikely to be scheduled in HSEIC – its only committee assignment. There is reason to believe the creation of a Redistricting Task Force will be brought up when the Legislative Council meets in April.

SJR 7 – ETHICS COMMISSION SET ELECTED OFFICIAL SALARIES, sponsored by Daniel A. Ivey-Soto, Roberto “Bobby” J. Gonzales and Patricia A. Lundstrom

Passed (across party lines) in SRC 1-29. Waiting to be scheduled in SJC.

TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION OF NEW MEXICO BY PROVIDING TO THE STATE ETHICS COMMISSION THE SOLE AUTHORITY TO REVIEW AND ESTABLISH SALARIES EVERY TWO YEARS FOR ALL ELECTED STATE OFFICERS AND ALL ELECTED COUNTY OFFICERS.

  1. Having one body making these salary decisions would provide for consistency in state and county salaries.
  2. It would help eliminate the possibility of corruption or bias in determining state and county salaries.
  3. It would remove politics from salary determinations.

–FULL LIST OF 2020 LEGISLATION BEING TRACKED BY NMMOP

  • HM 8 – Redistricting Task Force, sponsored by Rep. Damon Ely, bill is currently stalled (see above)
  • SB 134 – Study Independent Redistricting Commission, sponsored by Sens. Liz Stefanics, Mark Moores, waiting to be scheduled in SRC.
  • SB 53 – Post-Session Lobbying Reports, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Steinborn, in SCC, waiting to be referred to SRC
  • HJR 3 – Open Primaries for Unaffiliated Voters, sponsored by Rep. Damon Ely, passed in HSEIC 1-29-2020, bill is currently stalled (see above)
  • SM 12 – Recommendations for Open Primary Elections, sponsored by Sen. Bill Tallman, waiting to be scheduled in SRC
  • SJR 7 – Ethics Commission to set elected Official Salaries, sponsored by Sens. Daniel A. Ivey-Soto, Roberto “Bobby” J. Gonzales, Patricia A. Lundstrom, Candie G. Sweetser, passed in SRC 1-29-2020. Waiting to be scheduled in SJC.
  • SB 4 – Complete Count In 2020 Census, sponsored by Sens. William F. Burt, Susan K. Herrera, Liz Stefanics, passed SPAC 1-27, passed SFC 1-28, passed unanimously on Senate floor 1-29, scheduled in HAFC Feb 1, 10 am
  • HB 229 – Election Laws Cleanup, sponsored by Reps. Linda M. Trujillo, Daniel Ivey-Soto, waiting to be scheduled in HSEIC

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NMMOP Legislative Update Jan. 28 2020

Dear Legislative Advocate,

This is the first of our NMMOP 2020 Legislative Updates. Thank you for your participation.

URGENT – TWO HEARINGS WEDNESDAY MORNING (See highlighted area below)

One of the ways we can be active in this process is to advocate for bills (and occasionally, to oppose a bill). To that end, these updates are aimed at informing you of:

  • Which bills we are tracking (There are many important bills; we are only tracking the ones that pertain directly to our big-money-out-of-politics goals.)
  • Summary of bills, and talking points
  • Status of bills
  • Actions needed (This will often be calling or emailing committee members, to support the bill. It can also mean showing in person up for hearings.)

Please open these Updates when you receive them, as things can move quickly, and sometimes there are only hours before a bill is heard.

When you call or email members of the relevant Committee to express your support of a bill, please remember 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.

Actions

HJR 3 – Open Primaries for Unaffiliated Voters

sponsored by Rep. Damon Ely

Scheduled to be heard in the House State Government, Elections and Indian Affairs Committee (HSEIC) tomorrow, Wednesday, 1-29-2020, at 8:30 am, Room 305. It is the first of two bills scheduled.

Please email or call committee members (see link below) and ask them to support this bill. If you can, go to the hearing and speak on behalf of the bill.

            PROPOSES TO AMEND ARTICLE 7 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF NEW MEXICO TO ALLOW VOTERS WHO HAVE NOT SELECTED A PARTY AFFILIATION TO VOTE IN THE PRIMARY ELECTION OF A POLITICAL PARTY AND PROVIDING POLITICAL PARTIES THE OPTION OF ALLOWING ONLY PARTY MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PARTY’S NOMINATION PROCESS ON CONDITION THAT THE PARTY PAYS THE COSTS OF THAT PROCESS.

  1. Public funds pay for primary elections. Therefore, they should be as open to as many voters as possible.
  2. Unaffiliated voters should have the right to help choose candidates.

For contact information for HSEIC, go to https://nmlegis.gov/Committee/Standing_Committee?CommitteeCode=HSEIC

SJR 7 – ETHICS COMMISSION SET ELECTED OFFICIAL SALARIES

sponsored by Daniel A. Ivey-Soto, Roberto “Bobby” J. Gonzales and Patricia A. Lundstrom

Scheduled to be heard in the Senate Rules Committee (SRC) tomorrow, Wednesday, 1-29-2020, at 8:30 am, Room 321. It is 4th of 7 bills scheduled. 

Please email or call committee members (see link below) and ask them to support this bill. If you can, go to the hearing and speak on behalf of the bill. 

            TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION OF NEW MEXICO BY PROVIDING TO THE STATE ETHICS COMMISSION THE SOLE AUTHORITY TO REVIEW AND ESTABLISH SALARIES EVERY TWO YEARS FOR ALL ELECTED STATE OFFICERS AND ALL ELECTED COUNTY OFFICERS.

  1. Having one body making these salary decisions would provide for consistency in state and county salaries.
  2. It would help eliminate the possibility of corruption or bias in determining state and county salaries.
  3. It would remove politics from salary determinations.

For contact information for SRC, go to:

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

2020 Legislation Being Tracked by NMMOP

HM 8 – Redistricting Task Force, sponsored by Rep. Damon Ely

SB 134 – Study Independent Redistricting Commission, sponsored by Sens. Liz Stefanics, Mark Moores

SB 53 – Post-Session Lobbying Reports, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Steinborn

HJR 3 – Open Primaries for Unaffiliated Voters, sponsored by Rep. Damon Ely

SM 12 – Recommendations for Open Primary Elections, sponsored by Sen. Bill Tallman.

SJR 7 – Ethics Commission to set elected Official Salaries, sponsored by Sens. Daniel A. Ivey-SotoRoberto “Bobby” J. Gonzales, Patricia A. Lundstrom, Candie G. Sweetser

SB 4 – Complete Count In 2020 Census sponsored by Sens. William F. BurtSusan K. Herrera, Liz Stefanics

HB 229 – Election Laws Cleanup, sponsored by Reps. Linda M. Trujillo, Daniel Ivey-Soto

Contacting Committee Members

Go to the Committee link (see SRC (blue) and HSEIC (yellow) above). Scroll down to view the list of committee members. Click on each member’s name to see their contact information.

If the committee member you are contacting is a sponsor of the bill, or if you already know they are supporting the bill, thank them, instead of asking them to support it. They greatly appreciate that, and they appreciate that you know something about them and are taking the time to say thanks.