By the Numbers
CVNM has published our Conservation Scorecard annually since 2005, and we have some interesting data to share over the span of 13 years. From 2005 to 2018, how are our legislators representing New Mexico’s strong conservation values? Find out below:
Both the House and Senate improved in their overall performance on conservation issues in the 53rd Legislature. The average conservation score earned in the Senate in the 2017-2018 Scorecard is 76%, an increase from 68% in 2017. The average conservation score earned in the House of Representatives in the 2017-2018 Scorecard is 70%, an increase from 67% in 2017.
There are a few reasons for this improvement. New, younger New Mexicans have joined the legislature in recent years and earn high scores in the Scorecard, improving the overall conservation performance of the legislature. We’re seeing faster development of more champions than we are seeing improvement in lower performing legislators.
Another contributing factor is the stalwart championship of our air, land and water by Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth and House Speaker Brian Egolf. When members of leadership hold strong values for conservation, these critical issues get the thorough debate they deserve.
Average Scores by Chamber
In 2005, the average Senate and House Conservation Score were a mere three percentage points apart. In 2018, the gap is only four percentage points apart, a significant difference from the 2015-2016 Scorecard when the gap between average score by chamber reached 16 points.