2021 Legislative Session Action Alerts

Thank you for taking action with NMELC at the Roundhouse!

Using this page, we will keep you informed on our priority legislation and other key legislation we are supporting as it makes its way through the session. We ask our supporters for their patience and flexibility given we are still figuring out exactly how the legislative session will work this year in this online format. As we learn more, we will be sure to keep you updated.

Every phone call, email, and comment made at a committee meeting to express your support greatly helps. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to nmelc@nmelc.org.

Action Alert #7
Key Actions to Support NMELC Priority Legislation: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021,
1) Take Action on Climate Justice
HB 9 Climate Solutions Act, sponsored by Rep. Melanie Stansbury and Rep. Angélica Rubio, got rolled over until tomorrow, Weds., Feb. 24, at 8am when it is expected to be voted on at the beginning of the House State Govt, Elections & Indian Affairs Committee hearing. Public comments from supporters and opponents already occurred on Monday. Please call or email HSEIC members and urge them to vote Do Pass. HB 9 addresses greenhouse gas emissions while ensuring a just transition and economic opportunities for frontline community workers.
Fact Sheet on HB 9 Climate Solutions Act:
HSEIC Members

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You can also access the committee members here: https://nmlegis.gov/Committee/Standing_Committee?CommitteeCode=HSEIC
2) Take Action on Renewable Energy
SB 84 The Community Solar Act, sponsored by Sen. Liz Stefanics, and Sen. Linda Lopez, is scheduled on the agenda this afternoon in the Senate Tax, Business & Transportation (STBT) Committee, which began at 1:30pm, but the bill is item #7 on the agenda, so it’s very probably they will not get to it today. You can access the webcast here: http://sg001-harmony.sliq.net/00293/Harmony/en/PowerBrowser/PowerBrowserV2/20210223/-1/67228
Below is information about this bill that we are sharing from New Energy Economy. Please call or email members of the STBT Committee and urge them to vote Do Pass for SB 84. Contact info is below.

The Community Solar Act, SB 84, is scheduled Tuesday at 1:30PM in the Senate Tax, Business and Transportation Committee (it is 7th on the agenda, so may be rolled). We have been working in coalition with organizations across the state for nine years to pass this important bill. Community Solar will make it possible for the more than 70% of New Mexico residents who rent or are otherwise unable to afford or site solar energy on their homes to benefit from renewable solar power by subscribing to a community solar facility and receiving a credit on their electricity bill in exchange. The bill has been amended to give rural co-ops the option to opt in to the program, an important change that we hope will mean victory at the legislature this year. Watch hearing webcast here.

Community Solar represents an important step towards energy democracy and justice in New Mexico. In Harnessing solar power for resilient Native communities Joseph Hernandez argues in support of both Community Solar and HB 9, the Climate Solutions Act:

For far too long extractive industries have sold us a lie –that somehow our communities would perish without them. Meanwhile, our communities are left with no other option than to sacrifice our environment and health for them…

Our communities deserve the opportunity to own, create and distribute our own solar energy while also implementing a statewide strategy to prepare and support communities for the impacts of climate change and ensure frontline communities directly benefit from a new clean energy economy, through the creation of high-quality jobs and economic development opportunities.

TAKE ACTION

Call and email members of the Senate Tax, Business and Transportation Committee at the following numbers and emails and ask them to vote YES on SB 84, the Community Solar Act:

Senate Tax, Business & Transportation Committee (STBTC)

Pro tip: if the official office number isn’t answering, many Senators have alternate numbers listed in their profiles at nmlegis.gov.

 

Action Alert #6

Key Actions to Support NMELC Priority Legislation: Feb. 11, 2021 

Action Needed:

1. SB 296, Increasing Penalties, is on the agenda today in Senate Conservation, which is meeting right now. It was item #9 on the agenda, so we didn’t think it likely that it will be heard today, but the committee is moving quickly through several bills. If it doesn’t get heard today, we expect it will be heard on Thursday, Feb. 18. SB 296 would essentially double penalties on polluters for violating environmental regulations by adjusting maximum penalties for inflation since they were enacted 30 years ago. Please call or email members of the Senate Conservation Committee and if it isn’t heard today, you can sign up to speak in support by emailing sconc@nmlegis.gov by 5pm on Wednesday, including your name, organization, bill number, for or against, email address and whether you want to speak. 

Fact Sheet on SB 296: https://nmelc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SB-296-Factsheet.pdf

2. SB 8, the Stringency Bill, is scheduled to be heard today, this afternoon, Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 1:30pm in the Senate Finance Committee. It is item #2 on the agenda. SB 8 would allow the state to adopt environmental regulations more stringent than federal regulations. Please call or email members of the Senate Finance Committee asap! Senate Conservation Committee.png

 

Fact Sheet on SB 8: https://nmelc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SB-8-Factsheet.pdf

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3. HB 9, Climate Solutions Act, is scheduled to be heard tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 8am in the House State Gov’t, Elections and Indian Affairs Committee (HSEIC). It is item #4 on the agenda. HB 9 would increase limits on greenhouse gas emissions while ensuring a just transition, especially for low-income people of color and rural workers, whose jobs would be impacted. Please call or email members of the HSEIC committee and raise your hand to speak in support of HB 9 tomorrow morning. 

 

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89283197941

 

Fact Sheet: https://nmelc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Climate-Solutions-Act-Fact-Sheet.pdf

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Updates on Other Priority Bills

 

  1. SB 86, “Produced” Water, or Use of Water in Oil & Gas Operations, was tabled yesterday in the Senate Judiciary, with Democrats Sens. Joseph Cervantes, Daniel Ivey-Soto and Mimi Stewart all voting to table. Thank you to everyone who called, emailed and attempted to speak up in support. We were disappointed that supporters were not permitted by the chair, Sen. Cervantes, to speak. There are many concerns about the lack of laws regulating so-called “produced water.”

 

Here is a call to action from Sierra Club, Rio Grande Chapter, regarding SB 86 being tabled: 

 

The Senate Judiciary Committee just tabled SB86 – produced water amendments after disallowing public comments. 

 

Please write to Senate Judiciary in BCC – 

Bill O’Neill <oneillsd13@billoneillfornm.com>, Daniel Ivey-Soto <daniel.ivey-soto@nmlegis.gov>, Joseph Cervantes <Joseph@cervanteslawnm.com>, Katy Duhigg <Katy@KatyDuhigg.com>, Linda Lopez <linda.lopez@nmlegis.gov>, Senator Mimi Stewart <senmimistewart@gmail.com>, SJC <SJC@nmlegis.gov>

 

Please write your own statement. 

  • No public comments were allowed. ALL OTHER BILLS HAD PUBLIC TESTIMONY.  

  • The original produced water bill was rushed through and required clean up.

  • Produced water spills are occurring daily and are not prohibited or subject to fines. 

  • New Mexico’s public health, freshwater and environment remain at risk.

Conclude I am deeply disappointed that you voted to table SB86.  New Mexico’s families should come first.  Industry should be a good neighbor. 

 

  1. HB 50, Private Right of Action, was on the agenda last Saturday to be heard in the House Judiciary Committee but then was pulled, pending possible amendments by Speaker Brian Egolf. When we hear that this bill is back on the agenda, we will let you know. Meanwhile, feel free to contact members of the House Judiciary Committee and urge them to support HB 50, which will allow individuals to sue polluters rather than having to rely solely on the state. Here is a link to the House Judiciary Committee: https://nmlegis.gov/Committee/Standing_Committee?CommitteeCode=HJC

 

Fact Sheet for HB 50: https://nmelc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/HB-50-Factsheet.pdf

 

Mythbusters on HB 50: https://nmelc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/HB-50-Myth-Busters.pdf

 

Albuquerque Journal article about HB 50, which shows industry opposition. “Environmental Lawsuits Bill Draws Criticism”

https://www.abqjournal.com/2359267/environmental-lawsuits-bill-draws-criticism.html

Action Alert #5

Key Actions to Support NMELC Priority Legislation: Feb. 11, 2021 

 

Take Action on HB 50, Private Right of Action

We just learned that one of our five priority bills, HB 50 Private Right of Action, is scheduled to be heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 2pm. As of now, it is listed as item #2 on the agenda.

Here’s how you can help:

1. Please call members of the House Judiciary Committee (HJC) and urge them to vote Do Pass on HB 50, Private Right of Action, which would allow individuals to sue polluters for environmental contamination, and thus help protect NM’s water, air and land for current and future generations by holding polluters more accountable. A list of HJC members is below.

2. If you have time, please also join the zoom on Saturday at 2pm and hit the “raise your hand” button when the chair asks for supporters of HB 50 to do so. You don’t need to email the committee ahead of time as is required in the Senate. Last time industry lobbyists lined up to speak in opposition of HB 50, and this time we want supporters like you to outnumber opponents! Here is the zoom link for Saturday at 1pm in House Judiciary:

 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89543370073 

Or Telephone: 669 900 9128 Webinar ID: 895 4337 0073

 

Here is a link to our Fact Sheet on HB 50: https://nmelc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/HB-50-Factsheet.pdf

 

And here is a link to our Mythbusters document on HB 50: https://nmelc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/HB-50-Myth-Busters.pdf

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Take Action on SB 86 Produced Water

We also just learned that another of our five priority bills, SB 86, “Produced” Water or Use of Water in Oil & Gas Operations, will be heard on Monday, Feb. 15 at 1:30pm in Senate Judiciary. It is item #4 on the agenda. 

1. Please call Senate Judiciary Committee members and urge them to support this important bill that would protect fresh water resources from contamination threatened by the toxic waste water produced by the oil and gas industry during fracking operations. Fact sheet here: https://nmelc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Fact-Sheet-SB-86-ProducedWater-FINAL-2021-01-28.pdf

2. Please email SJC@nmlegis.gov by 5pm the day before with your name, organization, bill number, for or against, and indicate if you wish to speak. Written comments should be 300 words or less. We urge you to speak in support of SB 86 on Monday afternoon. The committee will send you the zoom link.

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Other Bills to Support

HB 51, Environmental Database Act (Chasey/Stewart) is scheduled to be heard on the House Floor tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 12. Please call or email your state representative and urge them to vote yes. This bill will lead to more comprehensive, and smarter land use planning in NM by state agencies, and more transparency for the public. More info from the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter and Audubon New Mexico at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1GX6vvHDJXxeibeFum1kvZHrgKPq11G-L

 

The New Mexico Acequia Association has put out an action alert about two bills we are supporting: HB 30 and HB 194, which are both scheduled to be heard in the House Agriculture & Water Resources Committee this Saturday, Feb. 13 at 1pm. They are currently items #1 and #2 on the agenda. 

Join on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82072641109 Call in via phone: Dial: 669-900-9128 – Enter the Meeting ID: 820 7264 1109

 

HB 30Water Lease Use and Effective Dates” is sponsored by Rep. Chandler and Sen. Wirth. HB 194 “Acequia Help for Adjudication Settlements” is sponsored by Rep. Ortez. 

Please contact members of the House Ag Committee and also attend the hearing and raise your hand to speak if you are able to.

 

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Why this bill is important: 

  • Protects existing water rights from impairment when there is a proposed new use under a water lease application before the State Engineer. 

  • Protects due process in water lease applications so that those impacted by a new use can raise concerns through a water rights protest and public hearing. 

Why this bill is needed:

  • HB 30 is needed because the State Engineer in recent years has started an administrative procedure he calls “preliminary approval” which grants a water lease applicant to use water right away before a mandatory public hearing has been held on the application and before a final decision on the application has been issued.

  • Granting a permit before the required public hearing process is unlawful. This bill will clarify the due process protections that are well established in New Mexico law. 

  • This would also help the State Engineer operate within existing legal requirements and provide clarity to entities seeking to lease water about the statutory requirements protecting existing water rights. HB 30 also incentivizes entities to engage in planning to meet their water needs. 

Sample email message to the committee members:

Dear Members of the House Agriculture and Water Resources Committee:

We support HB 30 Water Lease Use and Effective Dates because it protects existing water rights from impairment and provides due process in water lease applications before the State Engineer. HB 30 is needed because the OSE practice of granting “preliminary approval” of pending water lease applications.  This is unlawful because 1) it violates due process requirements for existing water right owners affected by the application by circumventing the requirement for a hearing on protested applications, and 2) it can result in impairment to existing water rights.

Acequias in Lincoln County where the OSE granted “preliminary approval” of a water lease were not afforded a public hearing before the State Engineer allowed a municipality to pump water upstream from the acequias. In another egregious example, the State Engineer also granted “preliminary approval” for a lease of over 5,000 acre feet of water on the Lower Pecos River despite potential negative impacts to downstream irrigators and compact deliveries to Texas.

It is clear that this unlawful practice of granting “preliminary approval” of water lease applications permits to use water before the public is granted a hearing has resulted in decisions that are detrimental to owners of existing and senior water rights and to the State of New Mexico. We urge the State Legislature to ensure that our laws are very clear that due process must be followed in water lease applications before the State Engineer.  Thank you for your consideration. 

 Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

[Your acequia name and position here]

 

HB 194 “Acequia Help for Adjudication Settlements”

Background:  

  • This bill adds an amendment to the Acequia and Community Ditch Fund (ACDF) statute to add “settlement implementation” to the purpose of the fund. 

  • The ACDF was established in 1988 to ensure that acequias have legal representation and technical assistance in the adjudication process.

  • After decades of negotiations, adjudication suits are resulting in negotiated settlements. It has become necessary to clarify that the ACDF allows use of the fund to include settlement implementation. 

  • Water rights settlements are complex and acequias need legal representation and technical assistance to effectively implement provisions of the settlements that apply to them.

Sample message to the committee members (see emails above):

Dear Members of the House Agriculture and Water Resources Committee:

We are writing in strong support of HB 194 Acequia Help for Adjudication Settlements. This legislation amends the Acequia and Community Ditch Fund (ACDF) to add “settlement implementation” to the purpose of the fund. The ACDF was established in 1988 to ensure that acequias and community ditches had access to legal representation and experts for the adjudication process. 

As negotiated settlements are reached in water right adjudications, the settlement implementation phase continues to require engagement by acequias. HB 194 would allow the ACDF fund to be used for acequias to ensure that they have the technical and legal resources necessary to meet the often complicated requirements of water rights settlements.

Sincerely, 

[Your name here]

[Your acequia name and position here]

More info on NM Acequia Association Legislative Priorities: https://lasacequias.org/legislative-updates/

Action Alert #4

Key Actions to Support NMELC Priority Legislation: February 2, 2021

 

We would greatly appreciate your support this week, especially on SB 8 scheduled tomorrow in Senate Judiciary and HB 50 that is facing significant opposition.

SB 8, the Stringency bill, aka Local Govt Air Quality Regulations, sponsored by Senator Peter Wirth, would allow state regulators to adopt regulations that are more stringent than federal regulations. SB 8 passed through the Senate Conservation Committee (SCONC) last week and is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) tomorrow, Wednesday, February 3 at 1:30pm. We are asking EJ Policy Advocates to support this bill in several ways:

1. Sign up to speak by emailing sjc@nmlegis.gov by 5pm today, 2/2/21 with the following required information: your name, entity representing, bill number, for or against, and that you want to speak.  You can also send your public comments to SJC: For public participation send an email to SJC@nmlegis.gov with Name, Entity Representing, Bill Number, For or Against and indicate if you wish to speak. If you wish to provide written comments, keep them to 300 words or less. Deadline to respond is by Tuesday, February 2 at 5:00 PM. All committee members will have access to your written comments. You will be contacted by our Zoom Operator with virtual meeting instructions.

2. Call the Democrat members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them to support SB 8, the Stringency bill. Please see contact info for Senate Judiciary below. Sample script:

 

“Hello, my name is ________, and I am calling to urge Senator ______ to please vote in SUPPORT of  SB 8, the Stringency Bill, sponsored by Sen. Peter Wirth,  which would allow state agencies to impose environmental regulations more stringent than federal regulations. SB 8 would help protect New Mexico’s air, water and land for current and future generations. My name and contact is _____. Thank you.”

3. Email the Senate Judiciary Committee as well. Here is a link to our Fact Sheet to help you. https://nmelc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SB-8-Factsheet.pdf

 

Senate Judiciary Committee

Name

Phone

Email

Joseph Cervantes, chair

Capitol Phone: (505) 397-8820

Office Phone: (575) 523-9334

joseph.cervantes@nmlegis.gov

Bill O’Neill, vice chair

Capitol Phone: (505) 397-8838

Office Phone: (505) 450-9263

oneillsd13@billoneillfornm.com

Katy Duhigg

Capitol Phone: (505) 397-8823

katy.duhigg@nmlegis.gov

Daniel Ivey-Soto

Capitol Phone: (505) 397-8830

Office Phone: (505) 881-4475

daniel.ivey-soto@nmlegis.gov

Linda Lopez

Capitol Phone: (505) 397-8833

Home Phone: (505) 831-4148

linda.lopez@nmlegis.gov

Mimi Stewart

Capitol Phone: (505) 397-8853

Office Phone: (505) 275-2355

mimi.stewart@nmlegis.gov

HB 50, Private Right of Action, sponsored by Rep. Georgene Louis, would allow individuals to sue polluters, not just the state. HB 50 passed through the House Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Committee (HENRC) last week and is now headed to House Judiciary. We do not know when it will be heard in Judiciary but are asking you all to contact House Judiciary members  urging them to support the bill. More info below, including links to the Fact Sheet on HB 50 as well as our new Mythbusters handout, which counters arguments opponents brought up. We greatly appreciate all the support we can get on HB 50 given the significant opposition it has already faced.

 

Link to Fact Sheet on HB 50 Private Right of Action: https://nmelc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/HB-50-Factsheet.pdf

 

Link to Mythbusters handout on HB 50, which lists counter arguments for criticisms raised by opponents: https://nmelc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/HB-50-Myth-Busters.pdf

 

Contact info for House Judiciary. Please call and email them urging legislators to support HB 50!

 

House Judiciary Committee

Name

Phone

Email

Gail Chasey, chair

Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4411

Office Phone: (505) 246-2221

Home Phone: (505) 266-5191

gail@gailchasey.com

Michaela Lara Cadena

Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4210

micaela.cadena@nmlegis.gov

Eliseo Lee Alcon

Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4416

Home Phone: (505) 285-6387

eliseo.alcon@nmlegis.gov

Deborah Armstrong

Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4344

deborah.armstrong@nmlegis.gov

Brian Egolf

Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4782

Office Phone: (505) 986-4782

brian.egolf@nmlegis.gov

Daymon Ely

Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4243

Office Phone: (505) 248-0370

Home Phone: (505) 610-6529

daymon.ely@nmlegis.gov

Georgene Louis

Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4329

Home Phone: (505) 250-7932

georgene.louis@nmlegis.gov

Matthew McQueen

Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4423

matthew.mcqueen@nmlegis.gov

 

Updates on Other NMELC Priority Bills:

 

SB 86, “Produced Water,” aka Use of Water in Oil & Gas Operations, sponsored by Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, was scheduled on the agenda for Senate Conservation Committee today, but this committee has been moving through bills quite slowly, so it is likely to be heard on Thursday. Please urge Senate Conservation Committee members to support SB 86.

 

HB 9, Climate Solutions Act. Our Greenhouse Gas Emissions bill got combined into HB 9, the Climate Solutions Act. We support this bill which would establish nation-leading carbon pollution-reduction targets while ensuring that all New Mexicans will benefit from the increased jobs provided in a green economy. HB 9 is sponsored by Reps. Melanie Stansbury and Angélica Rubio, House Speaker Brian Egolf, and in the Senate by Senate President Pro Tem Mimi Stewart and Sens. Benny Shendo and Carrie Hamblen.

 

SB 296 Increasing Penalties for Environmental Violations is a new bill that is sponsored by Sen. Brenda McKenna. SB 296 would increase the maximum civil penalties that can be collected under environmental statutes by adjusting the penalty amounts for inflation that has occurred since the provisions were passed 30 years ago. The penalties would essentially double in size. These penalties would push polluters to change their practices. Click here to read our Fact Sheet on Increased Penalties: https://nmelc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SB-296-Factsheet.pdf

 

Other Bills We Are Supporting:

SJR 3, the Green Amendment aka Environmental Rights, CA.SJR 3 is scheduled to be heard in Senate Rules Committee Wednesday, February 3 at 9am. It is the second item on the agenda. “For Public Participation send an email to src@nmlegis.gov with Name, Entity Represented, Bill #, For or Against and email address by 4pm on Tuesday, Feb. 2. You will be contacted by our Zoom operator with virtual meeting instructions.

SB 55, Social, Cultural and Racial Impacts, sponsored by Sen. Bill Soules, which passed through its first committee this morning.

HB 26, the TIDDs bill, aka Exclude Greenfields from Certain Taxes, was tabled last week, but there are efforts underway to revive this bill. We urge you to contact members of the House Local Govt, Land Grants and Cultural Affairs Committee and urge them to bring it back to the agenda and vote to pass this bill which would prevent the misuse of TIDDs by developers at the expense of local communities. Contact info for the HLLC committee is here: https://nmlegis.gov/Committee/Standing_Committee?CommitteeCode=HLLC

 

Thank you again for supporting our legislative priorities! Please let us know if you have any questions or want to share what responses you are getting to your phone calls and emails. We are hoping to schedule a zoom call with you all to share information, answer questions, and connect with each other—we’ll keep you posted! 

 

Action Alert #3

Key Actions to Support NMELC Priority Legislation: Tuesday, January 26, 2021

 Two of our bills made it through their first committees today! 

 SB 8 “Stringency” passed out of Senate Conservation (SCONC), and HB 50 “Private Right of Action” passed out of the House Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Committee (HENRC)! 

 

Thanks to everyone who made phone calls, sent emails, watched a committee hearing and/or spoke in support of our legislative priority bills! We greatly appreciate your support!

 

SB 8 Stringency now heads to the Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) and HB 50 “Private Right of Action” heads to the House Judiciary Committee (HJC). We will send information on upcoming committee hearing dates as soon as that information becomes available.

 

More Supporters Needed in Next Committee Hearing for HB 50

We know SB 8 has a lot of support and momentum; NMED Secretary James Kenney spoke in favor of SB 8 today among other ally organizations and community members. HB 50 faced a lot of opposition today but was able to  pass with a 6 to 5 vote. It’s obvious that industry is deeply opposed to this bill, which would allow individuals—not just the state—to sue polluters for environmental violations. They obviously got the word out and lined up industry reps to speak during today’s hearing. We are hoping to turn out more of our supporters to speak up at the next committee hearing. Can you help us by contacting ally organizations to attend the next hearing and speak up in support of HB 50? We know it will be heard next in House Judiciary, although we do not yet know which day or time. Meanwhile, we are asking our team and supporters  to contact ally organizations to make this commitment. Please feel free to use the attached, updated Fact Sheet on HB 50 to reach out to groups who would want to see polluters held more accountable in our state. As soon as we know when HB 50 will be heard in House Judiciary, we will let you know.

 

Support SB 86 Use of Water for Oil & Gas Operations/Produced Water 

 Meanwhile, SB-86 Produced Water is scheduled to be heard in Senate Conservation (SCONC) on Thursday, January 28 at 9am, item number 7 on the agenda. If you want to speak during that hearing, you must send an email to sconc@nmlegis.gov by 3pm on the day before, Wednesday, January 27, with your name, organization/affiliation, bill number(s) you wish to speak about, whether you are for or against, and your email address.You will then be sent the Zoom link. If you haven’t already, please call the members on the Senate Conservation Committee and urge them to vote yes for SB-86.

 

Support Other Bills

While you are on the phone, you might also mention some other bills we are supporting that are on the agenda for Thursday’s Senate Conservation Committee hearing:

-Community Solar SB 84

-Sustainable Economy SB-112

-Local Choice Energy SB-83

-Restricting Neonicotinoid Pesticides SB-103

Contact info for Senate Conservation Committee members is below. 

Support HB 26

Another bill we are asking folks to take action on: HB 26 “Exclude Greenfields from Certain Taxes.” We refer to this as the TIDDs bill. HB 26 is on the agenda for the House Local Government, Land Grants & Cultural Affairs Committee (HLLC) for Thursday, January 28 at 10am. HB 26 is sponsored by Rep. Andres Romero and would prohibit the use of tax increment development district (TIDD) funds for areas that are not developed. For example, the bill would prohibit the use of state TIDD funds as an incentive for massive urban sprawl developments with excessive water demands. 

 

To speak in support of HB 26, just click on the zoom link below at 10am on Thursday, and when you want to speak, click on the Raise Your Hand button. Unlike in the Senate, you do not need to email the committee the day before in order to get into the queue to speak.

Please click the link below to join the webinar on Thursday, January 28 at 10am:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89983253499?pwd=YTdycDFWYUFVdXgzOFEwQXVtMzIvZz09

Passcode: 391868

We also encourage you to please call the Democratic members of the HLLC committee and urge them to support HB 26. Contact info for HLLC is below.

Thank you for your support! And let us know if you have any questions or want to keep us informed about your efforts!

 

House Local Gov’t., Land Grants & Cultural Affairs Committee (HLLC)

Miguel P. Garcia, chair

Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4844

Home Phone: (505) 877-8131

miguel.garcia@nmlegis.gov

Linda Serrato

Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4464

linda.serrato@nmlegis.gov

Ambrose Castellano

Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4236

Home Phone: (505) 429-6072

ambrose.castellano@nmlegis.gov

Tara Lujan

Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4254

tara.lujan@nmlegis.gov

Roger E. Montoya

Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4464

Home Phone: (505) 927-0108

roger.montoya@nmlegis.gov

 

Finally, we are continuously updating our Fact Sheets for SB 8 (Stringency), SB 86 (Produced Water), and HB 50 (Private Right of Action) as additional organizations send us their endorsements. For the latest versions of our Fact Sheets, please go to our website at https://nmelc.org/our-work/2021-legislative-session/ and scroll down past the green Priority Legislation bar.

Action Alert #2

Key Actions to Support NMELC Priority Legislation this Week: January 25th to January 30th

Thanks to each of you who have already started making phone calls from Action Alert #1.

The 2021 Legislative Session is officially underway and there are many environmental bills scheduled to be heard this week, including three of our priority legislative bills: HB 50 – Private Right of Action, SB 8 – Local Gov’t Air Quality Regulations/Stringency, and SB 86 – Use of Water for Oil & Gas Operations/Produced Water.

House Bill (HB) 50 “Private Right of Action,” is scheduled to be heard this Tuesday, January 26 at 9 a.m. during the House Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Committee hearing (HENRC)

Senate Bill (SB) 8 “Local Gov’t Air Quality Regulations/Stringency” is scheduled to be heard Tuesday, January 26 at 9 a.m. during the Senate Conservation Committee hearing (SCONC) 

Senate Bill (SB) 86 “Use of Water for Oil & Gas Operations/Produced Water” is scheduled to be heard Thursday, January 28 at 9 a.m. during the Senate Conservation Committee hearing (SCONC)

Please consider any of the following key actions to support NMELC Priority Legislation this week:

 1. Attend the House Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Committee (HENRC) online hearing on Tuesday, January 26 starting at 9 a.m. and speak in support of HB 50.

Meeting Info:  

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88692377623

Webinar ID: 886 9237 7623

Detailed Agenda – https://nmlegis.gov/Agendas/Standing/hSched012521.pdf?t=637471383008754249

2. To support SB 8 and SB 86 to be heard in the Senate Conservation Committee (SCONC) on Tuesday and Thursday respectively, here are the instructions: 

For public participation send an email for above agenda items only to SCONC@nmlegis.gov with your Name, Entity Representing, Bill #, For or Against and an email address by Monday, January 25, 3:00 p.m. You will be contacted by our Zoom Operator with virtual meeting instructions.

3. If you haven’t already done so, please call the (7) Democrats on the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee and ask them to support HB-50 Private Right of Action.

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4. If you haven’t already done so, call the (6) Democrats on the Senate Conservation Committee and ask them to support two of our bills: SB 8 (Stringency Bill) and SB 86 (Produced Water Bill). 

 

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Other Important Legislation to Support this Week:

On Thursday, January 28 at 10am House Bill 26 is on the agenda for the House Local Government, Land Grants & Cultural Affairs Committee (HLLC). HB 26 is the  “Exclude Greenfields from Certain Taxes” bill and is sponsored by Rep. Andres Romero. HB 26 would prohibit the use of tax increment development district (TIDD) funds for areas that are not developed. For example, the bill would prohibit the use of state TIDD funds as an incentive for massive urban sprawl developments with excessive water demands. 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

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Action Alert #1

Key Actions to Support NMELC Priority Legislation this Week: January 25th to January 30th

House Bill (HB) 50 “Private Right of Action” is scheduled to be heard this Tuesday, January 26 at 9am during the House Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Committee (HENRC).

Here’s how you can help to support HB 50:

1. Attend and speak in support of HB 50 during the HENRC Committee Hearing that is scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, January 26 starting at 9am. 

When HB 50 is heard and the committee chair asks if anyone would like to speak in support of HB 50, we encourage you to use the “raise your hand” button to speak in support of HB-50. 

Sample script:

“My name is ________, and I am here representing [your organization and title if appropriate].  I am here to express my support of House Bill 50, Private Right of Action. This is an important bill that would allow individuals rather than just the state to sue polluters and help to hold them accountable.” 

Please feel free to modify this script and it is perfectly fine to simply state your name, title/position, and that you are in support of the bill.

Here is the Zoom information to attend the HENRC on Tuesday, January 26th:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88692377623 Or Telephone: Dial US:+16699009128 

2. Call the (7) Democrats on the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee and urge them to support HB-50 Private Right of Action. Sample script is below. You will most likely get a staffer when you call, and they will take down the bill number and name, whether you want the Representative to support or oppose, and you will want to leave your name and contact information as well. 

House Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Committee (HENRC)

Representative’s Name

Phone number

Email

Matthew McQueen, chair

Capitol (505) 986-4423

matthew.mcqueen@nmlegis.gov

Melanie Stansbury

Cap. (505) 986-4336

Home (505) 750-7079

melanie.stansbury@nmlegis.gov

Christine Chandler

Cap. (505) 986-4242

Home (505) 695-2646

christine.chandler@nmlegis.gov

Meredith Dixon

Home (505) 401-8339

meredith.dixon@nmlegis.gov

Joanne Ferrary

Cap. (505) 986-4438

Office (575) 649-1231

Home (575) 382-6425

joanne.ferrary@nmlegis.gov

Kristina Ortez

Home (575) 770-7792

kristina.ortez@nmlegis.gov

Debra Sariñana

Cap. (505) 986-4227

Office (505) 559-2200

Home (505) 974-9408

debbie.sarinana@nmlegis.gov

 

Sample script: 

“Hello, my name is ________ [include organization and title if appropriate], and I am calling to urge Representative ______ to please support HB 50 Private Right of Action, that will be heard in the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday, January 26 at 9 a.m. HB 50 would give individuals the ability to sue polluters rather than just the state. This bill would provide more accountability for polluters and better protect New Mexico’s air, water and land for current and future generations. My name and contact is _____. Thank you.”

 

Please feel free to modify this script and it is perfectly fine to simply state your name, title/position, and that you are asking Representative ________ to support this bill.

 

3. If you do not feel comfortable calling, please also feel free to email the HENRC Committee Members and express your support for HB 50.

We often hear from legislators that their inbox becomes flooded with emails during the session and that is why we encourage phone calls instead.

Other Important Legislation to Support this Week:

On Thursday, January 28 at 10am House Bill 26 is on the agenda for the House Local Government, Land Grants & Cultural Affairs Committee (HLLC). HB 26 is the  “Exclude Greenfields from Certain Taxes” bill and is sponsored by Rep. Andres Romero. HB 26 would prohibit the use of tax increment development district (TIDD) funds for areas that are not developed. For example, the bill would prohibit the use of state TIDD funds as an incentive for massive urban sprawl developments with excessive water demands. We will send out more info on HB 26 next week.

 

Other Information and Actions to Help NMELC Priority Legislation:

So far, three of our five priority bills have bill numbers and have been assigned to a committee: 

HB 50: Private Right of Action, has been assigned to House Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Committee (HENRC)

 SB 8: Stringency Bill, has been assigned to Senate Conservation Committee (SCONC)

SB 86: “Produced Water” or Protect Our Water (Use of Water for Oil & Gas Operations), has been assigned to SCONC

 

Here’s how you can help support this legislation:

Call the (6) Democrats on the Senate Conservation Committee (below) and urge them to support (2) of our bills: SB 8 (Stringency Bill) and SB 86 (Produced Water Bill). Sample script is below. FYI: You can also access the committee at this link: https://nmlegis.gov/Committee/Standing_Committee?CommitteeCode=SCONC

Senate Conservation Committee (SCONC)

Senator’s Name

Phone number

Email

Elizabeth (Liz) Stefanics, Chair

Capitol (505) 397-8851

Office (505) 699-4808

Home (505) 471-7643

lstefanics@msn.com

Antoinette Sedillo Lopez

Capitol (505) 397-8847

a.sedillolopez@nmlegis.gov

Joseph Cervantes

Cap. (505) 397-8820

Office (575) 526-5600

Joseph@cervanteslawnm.com

Carrie Hamblen

Cap. (505) 397-8827

Home (575) 496-5242

carrie.hamblen@nmlegis.gov

Harold Pope Jr.

Cap. (505) 397-8843

Home (505) 289-1087

harold.popejr@nmlegis.gov

William Soules

Cap (505) 397-8850

Home (575) 640-0409

bil.soules@nmlegis.gov

 

Sample script: 

“Hello, my name is ________, and I am calling to urge Senator ______ to please vote in SUPPORT of two bills that will be heard in the Senate Conservation Committee. The two bills are: SB 8, the Stringency Bill, and SB 86, the “Produced Water” bill (Use of Water for Oil & Gas Operations). The Stringency Bill, which is sponsored by Sen. Peter Wirth,  would allow state agencies to impose environmental regulations more stringent than federal regulations, and the “Produced Water” bill, sponsored by Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez and Sen. Liz Stefanics,  would keep oil and gas waste on the oilfields and protect our fresh water. Both bills would help protect New Mexico’s air, water and land for current and future generations. My name and contact is _____. Thank you.”