2017 Scorecard Executive Summary
The 2017 session was a learning experience for virtually all involved. Both the House and Senate were under new leadership, as new Speaker Brian Egolf took the gavel for the first time, and Senator Peter Wirth was elected the Majority Floor Leader in the Senate after previous leader Michael Sanchez lost his race in the 2016 election.
2017 was also a year of change for CVNM’s legislative team. Thanks to years of advocacy, lobbying, organizing, and electoral engagement we’re able to begin the process of transitioning to a more proactive policy agenda. We’ll still be fully accountable for ensuring that anti-conservation legislation doesn’t get passed in to law, but the communities we work in ask more of us that just playing excellent defense.
This process won’t be quick or easy. It’s been a long time since we’ve had the sort of legislature that is capable of passing pro-conservation legislation in place, but we think we’re about there now. We’ve got work to do as an organization and as an environmental movement in New Mexico to restart the work of moving forward. Legislation like the RPS increase (SB 312) and the Community Solar bill (HB 338) represent excellent opportunities moving forward, and we intend to capitalize.
We’re committed to continuing our pursuit of a community informed and driven approach to passing pro-conservation policy. With your help and guidance, we’re confident that we can meet those goals.
We hope that you’ll use this Scorecard to hold your elected officials accountable – look at how they voted and acted and note the actions that you don’t understand or disagree with. Ask yourself why they might have cast that vote, and then (just as importantly) look up their contact info at the back of this Scorecard, and ask them.
Thank you for being a conservation voter!