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Local Leagues in New Mexico

 

LWVNM advocacy is coordinated by the LWVNM Action Committee. All League members are invited to participate in the Action Committee, whether or not they wish to become registered League lobbyists.

The Action Committee meets by phone weekly during the legislative session, and monthly throughout the year. Meeting times and agendas, as well as more extensive discussions of proposed legislation, are found on the LWVNM Action mailing list. To join the conference call from your city, please get in touch with the president of your local League, or phone in on your own.

You can receive Action Alerts by subscribing to the LWVNM Action list. To join, send a message to LWVNMAction-subscribe (at) Yahoo Groups dot com. You will receive an email from the group, asking you to confirm your request to join the list - reply to it immediately, and you will be on the mailing list.

2017 League Priorities

Our Legislative Tracking Sheet lists all the bills we're tracking in the 2017 session, along with information on each bill's sponsor, committee and current status.

Our fact sheets for the 2017 session (all in Word format):

Contacting the Legislature

Want to connect with your legislator? Use Find My Legislator on the New Mexico Legislator website.

The indispensable Legislative Directory 2017 (PDF) produced by the New Mexico Rural Electrical Cooperatives is 99% accurate. Since there have been elections and changes in leadership in both the Senate and the House, the 2017 edition will not be available until the end of the first week of the legislature. Committee assignments are not made until the start of the Legislature.

Or call the legislative switchboard at (505) 986-4300 during the legislative session to contact your legislator or a legislative staff member. Other links are provided on the NMLegis "Find Your Legislator" page. These will not be completed until all the elections have been certified. Committee assignments will not be announced until after the start of the session.

Guide to the Legislative Website

Most committee hearings and floor sessions are available through web-streaming (you will need to install special software to view them). Proposed legislation, fiscal analyses, schedules and more are available on the legislative website

Bill Locator. The bill locator provides a list of all bills introduced to date. The titles are usually sufficiently descriptive to determine whether the bill is of interest. Locator reports provide other ways to search: by date of introduction or date of legislative action, or by current location, referrals, actions, etc. You can track bills that are of interest to you by using the My Roundhouse.

The easiest way to find a legislator's sponsored legislation, contact info, and committees .

What do the Abbreviations Mean? The page for each bill lists the referrals and actions to date on the bill (use the link to the Key to Abbreviations provided on each page, also available on the left-hand side of most pages) as well as PDF files of the bill as filed, all amendments, and if appropriate the Financial Impact Report, which often contains a useful summary of the bill in addition to the financial analysis.

When will a bill be discussed? Schedules change frequently. Check the Session Calendar to find out what bills are being discussed and what committees will be meeting.

Financial impacts of bills: The Legislative Council Service provides Fiscal Impact Reports (FIRs) for most bills. The FIR provides a general analysis of the bill as well as its fiscal impact and may be found through a link on the bill’s web page. The Attorney General’s office also provides analyses of some bills, which discuss legal and other issues.

Legislative Staff Agencies. A directory of the various Legislative Staff Agencies serving the New Mexico Legislature, such as the Legislative Education Study Committee .

Understanding Government Finances.

Lobbying at the Legislature

League Marchers


Become a League Lobbyist

At the state level the League lobbies primarily on the basis of its state positions, which reflect the interests of the New Mexico Leagues, supplemented occasionally by national positions. We cannot advocate at the state level on the basis of local League positions that have not been adopted by LWVNM.

If you wish to advocate in the name of the League of Women Voters of New Mexico, you must register with the Secretary of State’s office. Registration is free, as the League does not pay its members to lobby, but the registrant must file an authorization form signed by the president of the LWVNM together with his or her application in order to become a League lobbyist. The required forms can be downloaded from the Secretary of State’s web site. You will need the lobbyist registration form and the lobbyist authorization form.

An individual representing only himself or herself when speaking with a legislator or other state official or employee is not a lobbyist under the terms of the law and does not need to register. Individuals can be very effective without representing a group. Indeed, the most effective citizen lobbyist is the one who engages with his own state Senator and Representative.

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