CVNM’s 2017 Legislative Priorities

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This memo is divided into two sections:

  1. Pro-Conservation legislation
  2. Anti-Conservation legislation
    **Starred bills are high-priority. Votes on these measures may be weighted on CVNM’s Scorecard.

Support Pro-Conservation Legislation

We urge all of our Representatives and Senators to SUPPORT these measures:

HOUSE BILLS:

HB 24: State Trust Lands Restoration Fund (Ezzell)
HB 24 establishes a fund for remediation or restoration of state trust lands, constituted of 1% of the income derived from the state trust lands. The bill has been amended to prevent bad actors from relying on public funding to perform remediation or restoration. SUPPORT

HB 58: Rulemaking Requirements (Gentry/L. Trujillo/T. Salazar/Ivey-Soto)
The state will benefit from stronger and clearer administrative rulemaking requirements. After amendments, the current version of HB 58 removed a requirement that every state rule sunset after 12 years. CVNM has changed our position on this bill to SUPPORT

**HB 61/HB 82/SB 41: Extend Solar Market Tax Credit (Maestas-Barnes/M. Garcia /McQueen; Stewart)
These bills reinstate and extend the tax credit for residential and commercial construction of solar systems. The bills provide for gradually phasing out of the tax credit over 8 years and establish an aggregate cap. This tax credit has helped many New Mexicans invest in solar energy for their homes, businesses and farms, improving the environment and public health by reducing the demand for coal-fired electricity. SUPPORT
**PRIORITY BILL – votes on this bill may be weighted.

HB 73: Public Officials as Lobbyists (Dines/Ferrary/Small)
HB 73 prohibits statewide elected officials, PRC members, former legislators and cabinet secretaries from accepting compensation as lobbyists for two years after their public service. SUPPORT

HB 89/SB 278: Cannabis Revenue & Freedom Act (McCamley/J. Martinez; Ortiz y Pino)
These bills revise law regarding marijuana and industrial hemp to allow the state to provide for taxation and establishment of a control board and funds for substance abuse prevention and public safety. Industrial hemp is a versatile, fast growing and drought resistant crop that requires little pesticides or herbicides and would serve to diversify New Mexico farmers’ cash crops. SUPPORT

HB 92: Stricter Game & Fish Violation Penalties (Baldonado)
HB 92 provides for greater penalties against persons who break game and fish rules in taking of certain wildlife. The threat of greater penalties may serve to protect game animals and fish. SUPPORT

HB 109: Wild Animal Bite & Attack Procedures (Garcia Richard)- Died in HSIVC
HB 109 defines procedures for handling wild animals that have bitten or attacked people. These procedures would preserve the life of the animal if it was acting normally for the situation and promote science-based wildlife management. SUPPORT

HB 119: Prohibition Period for Candidate Contribution (McQueen)
HB 119 prohibits contribution to candidates within a certain period and makes clarifying language changes to prevent candidates from accepting contributions whether or not they were solicited. SUPPORT

HB 144/HB 154/HB 280/SB 6: Industrial Hemp Research Rules (Gomez/Little/ Maestas; McSorley)
These bills allow the NM Department of Agriculture to issue licenses to permit growing industrial hemp for research and development purposes. Industrial hemp is a versatile, fast growing and drought resistant crop that requires little pesticides or herbicides and would serve to diversify New Mexico farmers’ cash crops. SUPPORT

HB 166: Exempt Hemp from Controlled Substances (Little)
HB 166 exempts industrial hemp from the definition of “marijuana” in the Controlled Substances Act. This is an enabling bill for HB 154. SUPPORT

**HB 193: Solar Market Tax Credit Permanent (Ely)- Died in HBIC
HB 193 makes the tax credit for installing solar systems permanent and combines photovoltaic and thermal under a single aggregate cap. The bill also introduces the solar market development corporate income tax credit and specifies a larger, $20 million cap for it. In addition, HB 193 provides an increased credit for low income households.  SUPPORT
**PRIORITY BILL – votes on this bill may be weighted.

HB 245: Biodiesel Standards Suspension (Small/Ortiz y Pino)
HB 245 shortens the period of time (from six months to sixty days) that biodiesel requirements may be suspended due to unavailability or cost of biodiesel. A shorter period of suspension would reduce emissions from pure diesel operations. SUPPORT

HB 254: Game Commission Legislative Appointments (McQueen)
HB 254 revises the way members of the Game Commission are appointed. In doing so, it reduces the effect of politics on appointments and increases the role of science based decision making. SUPPORT

HB 272: Import & Sale of Firewood (Lente)
HB 272 prohibits the import and sale of firewood from other states unless the firewood has been treated in a manner prescribed by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. This would help prevent wood-borne pests or diseases entering NM from other states. SUPPORT

HB 291: Financial Disclosure for Appointees (Small/J. Martinez/Dow)
This bill requires appointees to vacant elective office to file a financial disclosure with the secretary of state, resulting in greater governmental transparency. SUPPORT

HB 292: No State Land For Border Wall (J. Martinez/L. Trujillo/Ch. Trujillo/Rubio/ McCamley)
This bill would prohibit a border wall from being built on state land between New Mexico and the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Sonora. A border wall would be detrimental to the migration of land-based wildlife in the border region. There are ESA listed species of concern that would be impacted, e.g., jaguars. SUPPORT

**HB 338/SB 342: Community Solar Gardens Act (Roybal Caballero; Lopez)
These bills would allow renters, low-income utility customers and persons without suitable locations for solar generation on their premises to participate in local solar generation facilities by allowing individuals to buy a portion of a community solar installation or “solar garden”. This would stimulate the adoption of solar energy generation by more New Mexicans by making it more accessible to more New Mexicans and reduce our dependence on coal and nuclear fueled energy. SUPPORT
**PRIORITY BILL – votes on this bill may be weighted

HB 351/SB 365: Define & Schedule Cannabidiol (D. Armstrong; O’Neill)
These bills remove cannabidiol (CBD) from the schedule of controlled substances. CBD preparations are incredibly beneficial for people suffering from intractable epilepsy or pain, and have no psychoactive properties. This bill could enable the growing of certain industrial hemp cultivars high in CBD, and significantly increase the commercial potential of industrial hemp. SUPPORT

HB 360/SB 368: Five Percent Biodiesel Standards (Gonzales; Ingle)
These bills require that all diesel fuel be 5% biodiesel during the months April through September. They allow for suspension of this requirement dependent on blending infrastructure, cost and available supply. Biodiesel is diesel blended with sustainable vegetable oils and burns cleaner that regular diesel. SUPPORT

HB 371: No False Statements to Environment Dept. (Fajardo)- Died in HENRC
HB 371 prohibits making false statements to the Environment Department by holders of liquid waste permits, operators of liquid waste systems and operators of water supply systems. It provides for criminal penalties for violations. It would help ensure safe drinking water systems and wastewater systems that would not pollute. SUPPORT

HB 400: Recovery of Renewable Energy Costs (Rubio)
HB 400 amends sections of the Renewable Energy Act to delete the reasonable cost threshold (RCT) as a method for determining recovery of costs for meeting renewable energy portfolio (RPS) standards. The RCT was designed as an extra layer of security to protect consumers from price hikes associated with RPS implementation. It’s unnecessary, over-complicated, and acts as a tool for utilities to avoid compliance with the RPS. Removing this threshold will make it easier for both the PRC and utilities to develop plans that will allow them to comply with the RPS in the most economically reasonable manner. SUPPORT

HB 415: State Agency Wastewater Project Financing (Crowder/Ro. Martinez)
This bill makes state agencies eligible for low-cost financial assistance in the construction of necessary wastewater facilities through the creation of a self-sustaining program. This would help improve and protect water quality and public health. SUPPORT

HB 418: Inter-Basin Water Right Transfer Requirements (G. Armstrong)
HB 418 imposes additional requirements for the diversion and use of ground water from the basin of origin for use outside the basin of origin, making it more difficult to divert water from one source to a different location lying outside of that ground water source. This bill will make it easier to manage and conserve water resources at the watershed level. SUPPORT

HB 440/SB 432: Renewable Energy Tax Credit Changes (Dodge/Crowder; Sanchez)
These bills Increase the amount of electricity that can be produced subject to the renewable energy tax credit, extend the date by which electricity must be generated to qualify for the credit and include geothermal as a qualified energy source. They also decrease the amount of credit per kilowatt hour for certain tax years and limit the period for which the credit may be claimed to ten years. This is a utility focused tax credit, aimed at benefitting larger, production scale renewable energy projects. SUPPORT

HB 468: Elected ABQ/Bernalillo Water Utility Board (Romero/Roybal Caballero/ Ch. Trujillo)
HB 468 provides for an elected board of directors for the Albuquerque/Bernalillo water utility and establishes rules for members’ election. This would provide greater transparency and more proportionate representation regarding water issues in New Mexico’s largest and most populous city and county. SUPPORT

HB 489: Exclude Greenfield Areas from TIDD Act (Romero/Ruiloba)
HB 489 would disallow the use of Tax Increment Development Districts (TIDDs) for development of undeveloped “greenfield” land – land in pristine condition, not yet developed. While TIDDs on their own are not objectionable, their use to finance sprawl type developments, which will use additional water and remove native habitat, among other environmental impacts, should be curtailed. SUPPORT

SENATE BILLS:

SB 6: Industrial Hemp Research Rules (McSorley)
See companions HB 144, HB 154, HB 280. SUPPORT

**SB 41: Extend Solar Market Tax Credit (Stewart/McQueen)
See companions HB 61 and HB 82. SUPPORT
**PRIORITY BILL – votes on this bill may be weighted.

SB 70: Free State Park Passes for People Over 65 (Sanchez)
SB 70 provides for free State Park passes for people over the age of 65. It would facilitate more public use of public lands. SUPPORT

SB 81: Wildlife Trafficking Act (Stewart/Chasey)
SB 81 makes trafficking of animal species threatened with extinction a crime and establishes penalties. This would help preserve endangered species and also keep money out of the hands of international criminals. SUPPORT

SB 86: Water Rights Notices Posted Online (Cisneros/T. Salazar)
SB 86 requires the state engineer to post water rights applications on its website, encouraging more transparency in water rights assignment. SUPPORT

SB 107: State Agency Post-Contract Audits (Rue/L. Trujillo)- Failed on Senate Floor
SB 107 requires post-contract audits of state agency contracts of $10 million or more. This would encourage more transparency in government and help assure New Mexico is getting a good value for the dollar on contracted projects, including conservation projects. SUPPORT

SB 157: Interstate Stream Commission Membership (Wirth)
This bill changes the composition of the Interstate Stream Commission in order to more fairly represent communities impacted by the commission’s actions and help remove political bias. SUPPORT

SB 215: Energy & Water Project Financing (Wirth)
SB 215 allows a property owner to enter into an assessment contract (financing in their mortgage) with a renewable energy district for purposes of financing energy improvements (including distributed renewable energy systems, energy storage systems or energy efficiency improvements) or water conservation improvements to the owner’s property. SUPPORT

SB 218: State Ethics Commission Act (Lopez/Roybal Caballero)
SB 218 creates a state ethics commission and grants it certain powers under the act. It provides for filing of ethics complaints against certain state officials, public employees, contractors, and lobbyists. It makes an appropriation to fund the act and commission. HJR 8 enables this legislation. A strong ethical oversight body will help to ensure that legislators are transparently representing the conservation values of their constituents. SUPPORT

SB 226: Efficient Utility Water Use (Steinborn)
SB 226 requires public utilities to include water use efficiency in their integrated resource plans (IRP) in addition to other efficiencies and resources currently required to be included in the plans. It specifies the analysis should include impacts to water quality. SUPPORT

SB 227: State Facility Renewable Energy Use (Steinborn)
SB 227 requires the General Services Department to adopt rules for and issue requests for proposals (RFP) to analyze and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements for state facilities. SUPPORT

SB 248: Utility Acceptance of Gov’t Renewable Energy (Stefanics)
SB 248 requires utilities and electric cooperatives to participate in solar projects planned by local governments, political subdivisions or state post-secondary educational institutions and to accept the energy generated by those projects. SUPPORT

SB 266: State Game Commission Mission & Purpose (Steinborn)- Died in SCONC
This bill clarifies the mission of the NM Game Commission; specifies that the state game commission has authority to protect all species of wildlife, including protected game species, furbearers and non-game species. It also specifies it is state policy to provide a system for the protection of all of the wildlife of New Mexico as a public trust resource for the use and enjoyment of all New Mexicans, including future generations. SUPPORT

SB 267: Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals & Coyotes (Steinborn)
SB 267 provides for the protection of fur-bearing animals; it adds coyotes and skunks to the animals whose taking is regulated by permit. It instructs the state Game Commission to rely on the best available science to regulate the taking of fur-bearing animals. SUPPORT

**SB 268: Prohibit Coyote Killing Contests (Steinborn/Moores)
SB 268 prohibits coyote killing contests, which are defined as an organized or sponsored competition with the objective of killing coyotes for prizes or entertainment. It would not prevent the hunting of coyotes or depredation control of coyotes. SUPPORT
**PRIORITY BILL – votes on this bill may be weighted

SB 278: Cannabis Revenue & Freedom Act (Ortiz y Pino)
See companion HB 89. SUPPORT

SB 286: NM Wildlife Protection & Public Safety Act (Campos)
This bill places restrictions on the use of traps and poisons to kill wildlife. This will help protect wildlife, as well as people and companion animals, from indiscriminately placed traps and poisons. SUPPORT

**SB 307: Oil & Gas Act Powers & Penalties (Martinez)
SB 307 re-establishes administrative and civil penalty authority for the Oil Conservation Division (OCD) to pursue violations of the Oil and Gas Act that result in discharge of contaminants. This authority was lost in the Marbob Energy Corp. v. N.M. Oil Conservation Comm. case. The court determined that legislature needed to give the authority to OCD to collect these penalties, and that OCD could not grant the authority to itself. This bill will address a clear need in OCD’s regulatory enforcement scheme. SUPPORT
**PRIORITY BILL – votes on this bill may be weighted

**SB 312: Renewable Energy Requirements for Utilities (Stewart/Small)
SB 312 increases the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to require that renewable energy comprise 70% of total retail sales to NM customers of rural electric cooperatives by 2040 and requires that renewable energy comprise 80% of total retail sales to NM customers of public utilities by 2040. It also prescribes the formula by which these goals are to be achieved. This will have the effect of reducing the demand for fossil fuel energy, which negatively impacts the environment, climate and public health. SUPPORT
**PRIORITY BILL – votes on this bill may be weighted

**SB 340: Legislative Authorization for NM Unit (Morales/Rue)
This bill requires legislative authorization to expend money from the NM Unit Fund, which consists of money distributed to the state by the federal Colorado River Basin Project Act and the federal Arizona Water Settlements Act. It requires the Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) to determine that projects are technically feasible and to approve technical projections of the water to be produced and its intended use. SUPPORT
**PRIORITY BILL – votes on this bill may be weighted

SB 341: Session Contributions to Public Officials (Lopez)
SB 341 prohibits contributions to the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer, attorney general and commissioner of public lands and candidates for those positions during legislative sessions. It serves to reduce undue influence over legislative matters, including conservation legislation. SUPPORT

**SB 342: Community Solar Gardens Act (Lopez)
See companion bill HB 338. SUPPORT
**PRIORITY BILL – votes on this bill may be weighted

SB 350: Agricultural Land Valuations (Wirth/Neville)
This bill would allow a land owner to take land valued as agricultural land out of agricultural production and leave it as open space, subject to requirements that it be well maintained. The open space land then would be valued at twice the agricultural value, but not valued at the much higher developed land rate, and would not be subject to the five year tax claw back. This would allow a land owner to preserve the land for future agricultural use should they or their successors wish to return it to production, rather than being economically forced to sell off or develop the land, thus contributing to rural sprawl. SUPPORT

**SB 360: Investor-Owned Utility Procurement Process (Cervantes/Tallman)
SB 360 requires a competitive resource procurement process for electric utilities and requires an independent evaluation of proposed purchases of power or sources of power. The bill would make power purchases more transparent and encourage more purchases of renewable energy. SUPPORT
**PRIORITY BILL – votes on this bill may be weighted

SB 365: Define & Schedule Cannabidiol (O’Neill)
See companion bill HB 351. SUPPORT

SB 368: Five Percent Biodiesel Standards (Ingle)
See companion bill HB 360. SUPPORT

SB 375: Royalty Rates on State Trust Lands (Morales)
This bill grants, but does not mandate, the commissioner of public lands the authority to raise the royalty rate and its point of application (for all oil and gas extracted, not just that saved) for oil and gas extracted from public lands to enhance revenue for beneficiaries. It also gives the authority to require reporting of gas venting and flaring. SUPPORT

SB 413: Uses of Oil & Gas Reclamation Fund (Muñoz)
SB 413 limits the use of the Oil and Gas Reclamation Fund for agency employee salaries. The bill provides that beginning in fiscal year 2023, 85% of the expenditures from the fund shall be used to pay for contract services for plugging, remediation and restoration work. SUPPORT

SB 431: Recycled Metals Act (Neville)
SB 431 changes the Sale of Recycled Metals Act name to Recycled Metals Act. It causes dealers of recycled metals to renew licenses once each year instead of every three years, thereby regulating the business more carefully. It also puts stronger requirements on metal recyclers for tracking regulated metals acquisitions. More recording will equal more accountability when it comes to cleaning up the groundwater damage that frequently follows metal recyclers and scrapyards. SUPPORT

SB 432: Renewable Energy Tax Credit Changes (Sanchez)
See companion bill HB 440. SUPPORT

SB 435: No Use of Water Rights Before Approval (Wirth)
SB 435 requires approval of water rights by the State Engineer prior to the use of the water right. This bill may lead to less oversubscribing of water rights. SUPPORT

SB 459: Valuation of Certain Open Space Land (Padilla)
This bill requires that land with open space covenants and restrictions have its value assessed based on comparably restricted lands. This will ensure that land owners pay appropriate taxes on their restricted land based on its value as undeveloped land. As it applies to open spaces primarily in urban areas, it will also help with permeability and storm water management issues. SUPPORT

SB 476: Public Elementary School Solar Panels (Padilla)
SB 476 requires the public school capital outlay council to develop a plan to purchase and install solar panels on elementary schools. It gives public school facilities authority to do so in years 2018 through 2021. SUPPORT

Oppose Anti-Conservation Legislation
The following bills pose great risks to New Mexico’s families, communities and taxpayers by subsidizing enterprises that pollute, weakening critical safeguards or encouraging activities that threaten our air, land and water. We urge all of our Representatives and Senators to OPPOSE these measures:

HOUSE BILLS:

HB 65/SB 169: First Right to Build Transmission Facilities (Wooley; Ingle)- HB 65 died in HENRC, SB 169 died in SCONC
These bills give public utilities and generation and transmission cooperatives the first right to construct, own and maintain transmission facilities in a regional transmission organization. This bill is designed to counter a specific federal regulation designed to foster competition in the transmission market. OPPOSE

**HB 275: Public-Private Partnerships Act (Larrañaga/Cisneros)
HB 275 allows state and local governments to enter into partnerships with private sector partners to facilitate public projects. This is a sweeping measure that would privatize projects that are most appropriately developed and maintained by public entities such as water and sewage systems. Experiences by other governments in privatizing public services (e.g. transportation, water treatment, education, public safety) have rarely been successful, usually resulting in higher costs, lower quality and expensive legal battles in the long-term. OPPOSE
**PRIORITY BILL – votes on this bill may be weighted

HB 333: Elk Hunting Licenses & Grazing Allotments (Townsend/Gomez/Herrell/ Ezzell/Wooley)- Died in HENRC
HB 333 requires the state Game Commission to adopt rules for the issuance of hunting licenses, permits and tags to accomplish a reduction in the elk population proportional to reductions in livestock grazing allotments (due to animals per unit load) by federal land agencies. OPPOSE

**HB 406: Nuclear Energy as Renewable Energy (Brown)
HB 406 would amend the Renewable Energy Act to include nuclear energy as a renewable energy source. Fissile material such as uranium is not a renewable resource, and its mining and use in nuclear-fueled power plants generates extremely toxic waste. OPPOSE
**PRIORITY BILL – votes on this bill may be weighted

HB 472: Water Right Administration Changes (Sweetser/Ezzell/Rodella/Herrell/ Dodge)
HB 472 preferentially prevents cattle growers from losing water rights if they don’t use them and restricts the rights of State Engineer to come into possession of water rights that livestock growers possess. The bill also grants a right for ranchers to cross over any land necessary to access a water right, putting others’ private property rights at risk. This would make it much more difficult for the State Engineer to acquire water rights from ranchers. CVNM opposes because of the preferential treatment of one class of water users and the significant negative impacts that cattle have on water quality and riparian zones. OPPOSE

HB 507: Air Quality Control & Expedited Construction (Townsend)
HB 507 would remove the requirement that a permit must be obtained prior to commencement of construction of a new source of possible air contaminants. OPPOSE

SENATE BILLS:

SB 85: Uniform Environmental Covenants Act (Martinez)- Died in SCONC
SB 85 standardizes covenants restricting the use of real property that is subject to environmental remediation. However, SB 85 lacks a strong public notice component and does not adequately address notice in less formal land transactions that occur in certain areas of New Mexico such as colonias. OPPOSE

SB 169: First Right to Build Transmission Facilities (Ingle)- Died in SCONC
See companion HB 65. OPPOSE

**SB 182: Early Childhood Land Grant Act (Papen)- Died in SEC
SB 182 provides that if the federal government transfers mineral rights on split estate lands to New Mexico then the development of those rights would feed a fund for early childhood development and education. This proposal offers dubious future returns for early childhood development at the cost of a drastic expansion of unnecessary development on private lands. OPPOSE
**PRIORITY BILL – votes on this bill may be weighted

SB 230: Crop Dusting Tanks As Above Ground Storage (Pirtle/Townsend)- Died in SCONC
SB 230 excludes fuel storage tanks used exclusively for crop dusting or crop spraying services from being considered “above ground storage” as defined by the Hazardous Waste Act. Above ground tanks pose a risk of leaks and spills that could endanger public health and safety. OPPOSE

SB 364: Land Commissioner Review of Nat’l Monuments (Ingle)
SB 364 imposes restrictions on changing public lands from state to federal jurisdiction, thereby restricting the federal government’s designation of national monuments. It adds the commissioner of public lands as a party to evaluate these changes and specifies that national monuments be described by the smallest possible area needed to protect items of concern. OPPOSE

SB 394: Industrial Revenue Bond Changes (Neville)
SB 394 provides for county industrial revenue bonds within the Industrial Revenue Bond Act, and makes changes to the list of projects that may be funded by these bonds. Significantly, it adds mining projects and refineries, treatment plants or processing plants of energy products, subsidizing private for-profit and extractive industries with revenue bonds paid for by taxpayers. OPPOSE

SB 452: Public Use & “Eminent Domain” (Muñoz)
SB 452 would prevent the use of eminent domain for projects that would create an economic opportunity for the party receiving the condemned land. This is a bill in response to the Kelo v. City of New London case, but is drafted too broadly and may prevent use of eminent domain by Renewable Energy Transmission Authority (RETA) to facilitate construction of renewable energy transmission lines. OPPOSE

SB 481: Endangered Species Coordination (Burt)
This bill would implement a state-based research program to assess the economic impacts of the listing of a species pursuant to the federal Endangered Species Act. It would increase costs to the state for listing endangered species. OPPOSE

Neutral Legislation

HB 199/SB 210: Distributed Generation Consumer Protection (Rodella; Sanchez)
These bills require solar installers to disclose details of the purchase such as warranty, component, and financing details. Amendments to the bill removed language that required statements that were alarming and prejudicial against distributed solar energy generation, so CVNM’s position has been changed to NEUTRAL.

RESOLUTIONS, MEMORIALS & APPROPRIATIONS:
Many pro-conservation resolutions, memorials and appropriations are introduced each session. CVNM may express support for such measures during hearings but there are too many to list individually on our regular legislative agenda. Therefore, this year CVNM will only include joint resolutions for conservation-related constitutional amendments.

SUPPORT:

HJR 3: Independent Redistricting Commission, CA (Ca. Trujillo/O’Neill)
This resolution provides for the creation of an independent redistricting commission to develop redistricting plans for state and congressional offices; provides for a largely bi-partisan commission. Reducing the impact of gerrymandering will improve the responsiveness of elected officials to their constituents, allowing them to more accurately represent conservation values.  SUPPORT

HJR 8: State Ethics Commission, CA (Dines/Steinborn/Small/McCamley)
HJR 8 would create an independent ethics commission authorized to investigate, issue opinions and adjudicate violations of laws governing standards of conduct of members of the legislative and executive branch, employees, contractors and lobbyists. A strong ethical oversight body will help to ensure that legislators are transparently representing the conservation values of their constituents. SUPPORT

OPPOSE:

SJR 15: Right to Hunt & Fish, CA (Muñoz)
SJR 15 proposes a constitutional amendment that would ensure peoples’ right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife with traditional methods, subject to regulations by the state Game and Fish Department. This bill appears to be governmental over-reach. People can hunt and fish without a constitutional amendment to enable those activities. It also appears to guarantee the right to use trapping and poisons in hunting. OPPOSE

**SJR 16: Appointed Three-Member PRC, CA (Sharer)
SJR 16 amends the constitution to provide for a three member board of Public Regulation Commission (PRC) commissioners, appointed by the governor with the consent of the Senate, rather than the current five member board. This would overly politicize the make-up of the PRC.  OPPOSE
**PRIORITY BILL – votes on this bill may be weighted