For many years, the House Agriculture and Water Resources Committee (HAGC) has been dominated by big agricultural interests. Agriculture plays a huge role in the cultural identity and history, as well as the economic vitality of our state; as New Mexicans, we treasure our locally-grown food and family farms. Unfortunately, industrial agricultural interests tend to …Read more »
House and Senate committees play a critical role during the legislative session. Often a bill receives a more comprehensive vetting during committee hearings because public and expert testimony is included and greater opportunity for discussion, negotiation and the adoption of amendments exists. Although many committees hear conservation bills, the extent of their involvement varies. The committees selected as “key committees” are those that cast votes on at least two priority scorecard bills that did not reach their respective chamber floors for a full House or Senate vote.
In 2015, new leadership in the House of Representatives renamed the House Agriculture and Water Resources Committee to the House Agriculture, Water & Wildlife Committee (HAWC), adding wildlife to the committee’s purview. For many years, this committee has been dominated by big agricultural interests. Agriculture plays a huge role in the cultural identity and history, …Read more »
The House Energy and Natural Resources Committee (HENRC) has traditionally been a stalwart defender of a safe and enriching environment for all New Mexicans. Due to recent shifts in the membership of the House, HENRC has changed quite dramatically. Frequently, the committee is deadlocked on proposed legislation, or has only a one-vote margin in either direction. …Read more »
The House Energy and Natural Resources Committee changed in 2015. It is now the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee. This committee has historically been a stalwart defender of a safe and healthy environment for all New Mexicans. Due to recent shifts in the membership of the House, HEENC has changed quite dramatically. HEENC is …Read more »
The Senate Conservation Committee (SCONC) is responsible for almost every aspect of environmental policy: energy, air quality, water, wildlife, land use, and more. The committee—somewhat ironically—is not known for its genuine conservation values. Although some positive legislation does emerge unscathed, most significant proactive environmental bills are doomed to failure here. Perhaps more disturbing still is the often perfunctory …Read more »
The scope of work for the Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) is extremely broad, covering all aspects of constitutional, statutory and administrative law. Because all of these are relevant to conservation policy, advocates spend a lot of time in front of this committee. Chaired by Sen. Richard Martinez, SJC has traditionally been one of the more friendly committees to …Read more »