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Biennial Council Meeting of LWVNM

When? Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where? New Mexico Consortium (100 Entrada Dr.) in Los Alamos, NM

Who? Two members from each local League (preferably the president and another officer) plus the State Board will be voting members.

Who else? Every Leaguer is urged to come as your state board is reviewing our two-year program.

Yvonne Flores will give us insights into immigration issues along the border (12:00-1:00), and some updated information about LWVNM’s rationale for reinterpretation of LWVUS position.

We will hear reports on the charter school study, action at the Legislature, and plans for the election.

Food? Will be provided from the Los Alamos Cooperative Market.

Overnight? Contact Barbara Calef ( if you wish to stay overnight.

Download, print and mail the registration form: Council_2016_registration.doc (.doc, 28K)

Agenda and more information here: Council_2016F.docx (.docx, 72k) Logo of La Palabra

Latest La Palabra

The Spring 2016 issue (PDF, 365 KB) is out. Highlights: Call to LWVNM Council; Charter School Update; Legislative Session Review; League Day/Legislative Reception; Local League Presidents' Quarterly Reports; Natural Resources Report; Women's Rights; Udall Speaking at CNM Annual Meeting. Keep up to date by reading La Palabra!

For issues of La Palabra dating back to 2005, see the Newsletters page.


Editorial: Do Your Job

April 3, 2016: an editorial in the ABQ Journal by Richard Mason / Vice President, LWVNM. “It is time for the New Mexico executive and legislative branches to step up and do their jobs. Doing their jobs includes insuring that there is adequate revenue to fund essential government programs.”

Letter to the editor: Circumventing open government

In the February 10, 2016, Santa Fe New Mexican:

On the agenda for Monday (Feb. 8) for the House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee was House Bill 336 — Public Peace, Health, Safety and Welfare. The league [of Women Voters in New Mexico] and other good government groups know that title shows that HB 336 is a placeholder or dummy bill with no content. During every session dummy bills are filed prior to the filing deadline so bills can be substituted later.

It’s time to stop this ridiculous practice that circumvents the legislative process and is a clear violation of the intent, if not actual content, of the Open Meetings Act. The league realizes it might be necessary to file a bill after the filing deadline, but that should be an open procedure approved by a majority vote of the relevant body. The public should be informed of the content of the proposed legislation in advance of any hearing.

Dr. Meredith R. Machen
President, League of Women Voters of New Mexico

For more of our recent news, see the LWVNM News page.

How to Contact Your Legislator

Want to connect with your legislator? We have Contact Info for all NM legislators.

Want to reach NM’s Congressional delegation? The Congressional toll-free number is 1-866-727-4894 . Just ask for your representative or senator. Please remember that you are speaking as an individual and not for the League.

About the League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

The League of Women Voters is strictly nonpartisan; it neither supports nor opposes candidates for office at any level of government. At the same time, the League is wholeheartedly political - working to influence policy through education and advocacy. It is the original grassroots citizen network, directed by the consensus of its members across the country.

Membership is open to all residents of the United States, both women and men, who are 18 years or older. In New Mexico, there are four local leagues. All local members are automatically members of LWVNM as well as the national League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS). New Mexicans who do not live near any of the existing local leagues may join LWVNM as a member at large.

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