The Action Committee tracks legislation during legislative sessions and keeps an eye on potential legislation throughout the year. LWVNM may lobby in support of or in opposition to specific pieces of legislation provided that LWVNM has a position at the state-wide or national level that is relevant. The Action Committee coordinates the lobbying activities of several of the other LWVNM committees. To join the Action Committee, please contact Richard or Barbara. LWVNM needs individuals able to track bills via the legislative website and keep others updated on their progress, and those willing to "lobby from their living room". People who are able to attend committee meetings in Santa Fe at short notice are also needed.
To receive regular updates during the legislative session, please join the Action mailing list.
Co-Chairs: Meredith Machen and Eileen VanWie.
The Education Committee follows developments in federal and state policies year around and advocates based on our position.
LWVNM is spearheading Fair Districts for New Mexico, a coalition of many organizations advocating for districting reform in New Mexico.
The LWVNM has an Advocacy Statement on Redistricting.
(Judy Williams, Dick Mason, Akkana Peck)
The Health Care Committee keeps track of ongoing developments in health care legislation and advocates for or against health care related bills in the legislature based on our positions.
Chair: Meredith Machen.
The Immigration Committee follows developments in federal and state policies year around and advocates based on our position.
(Coordinator: Irene Epp;
Membership: Rebecca Alvarez, Katie Christianson, Brittany Dutton-Leyda, Joanna Velasquez)
JEDI is dedicated to ensuring that the LWVNM is always welcoming and actively supports full participating membership from all parts of New Mexico society, especially those not traditionally affiliated with the LWVNM JEDI fosters activist membership in the LWVNM that opens doors to dynamic, nonpartisan participation in civic life - leading to improvements in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in all dimensions of policy and law in New Mexico.
(Co-chairs: Barbara Calef and Judy Williams)
The Natural Resources Committee follows current developments in the state related to natural resources year-round and advocates on the basis of our position.
We usually have several shorter-term committees working on ongoing projects.
2020 is the LWV's 100th Anniversary. LWVNM celebrated its 100th Anniversary with a gala at the Capitol in February 2020. We will be celebrating Women's Vote Centennial with a car parade in Santa Fe on Sunday, August 23, 2-3 pm, and virtually with other organizations on August 26, 4-7 pm. For more information, contact the Special Projects committee.
The upcoming 2020 US Census is an area of critical concern for New Mexico. The LWVNM has made the 2020 census a priority: we will be trying to assist New Mexico's count with education and outreach.
Spent nuclear fuel from the 99 commercial nuclear reactors in the US is currently being stored in 74 locations in 34 states. Two sites are currently being considered for interim storage: Andrews County, TX, which is about 10 mi from Hobbs, NM; and the Eddy Lee Energy Alliance, halfway between Carlsbad and Hobbs.
Originally conceived as a study, the Nuclear Waste Storage committee has become an advocacy committee for safety in nuclear waste storage, based the LWVUS national positions.
Karen Douglas, Chair
The two-year Judicial Selection study, approved at the April 2019 state convention, will examine qualification and selection of judges of the lower courts of New Mexico: specifically, magistrate courts, municipal courts, and probate courts. Currently these judges are elected in partisan elections, and the requirements are minimal. The study would explore whether requirements should be stronger: in particular, whether all judges in New Mexico should be attorneys. It will also examine whether judicial elections should be nonpartisan.
The study will be led by Suzanne Ronneau.
Some older studies are described in our Program History.