Contact your legislator via nmlegis.gov to let them know your support for the various legislative action as we recommend.
Check on the Session Calendar for updates on House and Senate hearings. From there, check the committee of interest for instructions on how to present testimony – it’s generally at the bottom of their page, but often requires 24 hours notice.
You can click on the committee link against each bill below for more information on committee chairs and members.
Prepare any testimonies you want to offer ahead of time, write them out, have a 1 min and a 2 min versions ready and practiced. Use your own words as much as possible.
General webcasts are available for all hearings for anyone to see live or review afterwards.
350 Santa Fe’s legislative priorities for the legislative session that began on Tuesday, January 18 are listed below. If and when giving testimony please use your own words.
Support for the Clean Future Act (previously Zero Emissions Economy Act)–landmark legislation proposed by Governor Lujan Grisham requiring that greenhouse gas emissions in New Mexico are reduced to half of 2005 levels by 2030 and to “net zero” by 2050, including 90% reduction in direct emissions. Net zero means the sum of direct emissions less carbon sequestration above current levels in forests, soils and through technological means is zero.
Opposition to the legislation in encouraging hydrogen production in New Mexico from natural gas. Scientific studies have shown that production of hydrogen from methane releases more greenhouse gases than burning natural gas directly for heat or power.
Support for the Environmental Rights Constitutional Amendment (Green Amendment). If passed by the legislature, this resolution would put a the issue on the ballot for the next general election. This lets the voters decide to amend the state constitution to establish a fundamental right of all citizens to a clean water, clean air and healthy soils.
Among others we are asking folks to engage legislators using this social media toolkit. Clicking on the name of the legislator will generate a tweet to them in support of the Green Amendment.
Support for the Community Energy Efficiency Development (CEED) Block Grant Act which seeks to improve utility affordability, reduce energy burden, and increase utility access of low-income New Mexicans. New Mexicans living in rural, low-income, and other underserved communities spend a high portion of their income on utility bills. On average, those living below the poverty line pay 15% of their income toward energy bills alone.
Making energy efficiency improvements in low-income housing cuts energy bills for these New Mexicans, improves the quality of affordable housing stock, and will help New Mexico achieve its zero-carbon electricity target.
Unfortunately, New Mexico is behind other leading states when it comes to funding energy efficiency improvements for low-income households. 26 states provide at least double the amount of low-income efficiency investments per capita through state or utility funds. It’s time for the State of New Mexico to invest in services to help low-income residents reduce their energy burdens while enabling the state to reach its climate goals.
Along with these important issues, numerous other bills listed above also get our support while creating incentives for solar power, energy efficiency and electric vehicles; and improve conservation of New Mexico’s lands and waters, which enhances the ability of New Mexico’s ecosystems to withstand climate change and their capacity to remove and store carbon from the atmosphere.
This year’s legislative session presents an unprecedented opportunity to put New Mexico on a strong path toward a just, sustainable, and carbon-neutral economy.