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Santa Fe New Mexican Legislative roundup, Feb. 28, 2017

The Santa Fe New Mexican’s daily Legislative Roundup on Feb. 28 included a quote from CVNM: No dice for privatization: A House committee on Monday rejected a bill that would have allowed state and local governments to sign contracts with private partners to help launch public projects. The Labor and Economic Development Committee stopped the [read more…]

My View: Paying for public-private partnerships

Published in the Santa Fe New Mexican When something seems too good to be true, it probably is. This is the warning our legislators need to heed so that New Mexicans don’t pay the price for mass privatization of our public services. A bill that could privatize New Mexico’s critical public services, like water (House [read more…]

Bill to bring back oil and gas pollution penalty moves forward

By Laura Paskus | NM Political Report Sen. Richard Martinez, D-Española, presented a bill to the Senate Conservation Committee Thursday that would restore a state agency’s ability to penalize oil and gas companies that pollute water. Senate Bill 307 would also increase those penalties, which haven’t been updated since the Legislature passed the Oil and [read more…]

Nuclear Is Renewable Energy?

Published by KRWG Commentary: Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee debated Nuclear Energy as Renewable Energy (HB 406, Brown). The bill was tabled on a tied vote. CVNM Legislative Director Ben Shelton and CVNM Education Fund Western New Mexico Program Director Talia Boyd released the following statements: “Nuclear energy [read more…]

Budget crisis could doom clean-energy proposals

By Rebecca Moss | The Santa Fe New Mexican The 2017 legislative session has seen a renewed vigor in policy aimed at increasing the state’s reliance on renewable energy over oil and gas production, but some say these more liberal bills may not have enough political will or funding to become law, even as Democrats [read more…]

Papen’s bill creating early education endowment tabled, at her request

By Robert Nott | Santa Fe New Mexican The Senate Education Committee has unanimously tabled a bill that would have established a new endowment for early childhood programs in the state using revenues from federal mineral rights leases on public lands — assuming Congress approved a proposal by State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn to share [read more…]

Conservation Groups Praise Demise of Mineral-Rights Bill to Fund Education

By Suzanne Potter | New Mexico Public News Service SANTA FE, N.M. – Conservation groups are celebrating after a bill that would put revenue from the sale of mineral rights toward early-childhood education was tabled by its author. On Wednesday, the Senate Education Committee tabled and essentially killed Senate Bill 182, following a public outcry. [read more…]

Papen tables her own bill to transfer mineral rights

Las Cruces Sun-News report A bill by Sen. Mary Kay Papen that would have requested a transfer of federal mineral rights to the state government in order to fund early childhood education was tabled Wednesday morning in the Senate Education Committee at her request. Senate Bill 182 would have requested that the U.S. Congress transfer [read more…]

New Mexico Legislative Priorities

KRWG Commentary: SANTA FE, N.M – Today, Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) released its legislative priorities, outlined in the first edition of CVNM’s legislative agenda, which includes priorities such as supporting renewable energy jobs, keeping the Public Regulation Commission an accountable body, ending ruthless killing contests and ensuring that public resources stay in public, accountable [read more…]

CVNM statement in response to Public-Private Partnerships Act Failing in NM Legislature

Published by KRWG Commentary: Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, a do pass motion on the Public-Private Partnerships Act (HB 275, Larrañaga/Cisneros) failed on a 7-4 vote in the House Labor and Economic Development Committee In response, CVNM Legislative Director Ben Shelton released the following statement: “Like in 2015, New Mexicans stood up against attempts to [read more…]