Happy New Year!
The 2020 New Mexico State Legislative Session is around the corner! This year is a short session meaning our legislators have just 30 days to debate, rework and pass legislation. But community, organizations and activists have been working and pushing for different issues across the board. Below are some of the legislative activist trainings happening in the area. Sign up, learn about the issues on the table for this session.
Session Starts: Tuesday, January 21
Session Ends: February 20
For those of you new to the legislative process in New Mexico, there are a few things you should know. Our legislature is the lawmaking branch of the NM state government. It is made up of two bodies: the House of Representatives and the Senate. You can find out who your legislators are on this website. You can also log into your voter profile on the NM Secretary of State website here.
The Legislature meets in a "short session" every even-numbered year, so only 30 days. A long session is 60 days. On even-numbered years, we hold a short, 30 day session, which is limited to fiscal matters, items specified by the Governor and bills passed in the previous session that were vetoed by the governor. Every legislator needs to hear from their constituents, AKA ALL OF YOU, this session. We must hold our legislators to their word and ensure that they are committed to good policy for our state and its residents.
There are a number of very important bills that have already been pre-filed at the NM State Legislature. You can see all pre-filed bills here.
LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY TRAININGS FOR NEW MEXICANS
Acequia Legislative & Policy Training
When: Wednesday, December 18th 2019
9:30am - 2:30pm
Where: Nambe Community Center, 180A State Road 503
(Next to Catholic Church and cemetery)
- A Brief History of Acequia Involvement in State Policy
- Overview of the State Legislative Process
- Role Plays and Question/Answer
- Legislative Policy Briefing for 2020 Session
- Closing Remarks
Sierra Club - Grassroots Action for the Environment - Participant Registration
Santa Fe - Monday, January 6, 6 - 8 pm, Southside Public Library, 6599 Jaguar Dr., Santa Fe
Albuquerque - Wednesday, January 8, 6 - 8pm, St Mark's Episcopal Church, 431 Richmond Pl NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Las Cruces - Thursday, January 9th, 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Branigan Library, 200 E Picacho Ave, Las Cruces, NM
Silver City - Tuesday, January 14, 6 - 8 pm, Church of Harmony, 609 N. Arizona St. , Silver City
Aztec - Wednesday, January 15th, 6 - 8:00pm - Step Back Inn on 123 West Aztec Blvd., Aztec, NM 87410
ACLU of NM Legislative Advocacy Trainings
Espanola - January 7
Chaparral - January 9
Albuquerque - January 9
Deming - January 11
Las Cruces - January 14
Webinar - January 16
Santa Fe - January 22
Ahead of the session, we are holding legislative advocacy trainings across the state to give you the tools to have powerful and productive conversations with legislators. We will highlight some of the most pressing issues facing our state, and equip you with the tools you need to join the fight to reform our criminal justice system, expand reproductive choice, and ensure all people have a place in our state.
Retake Our Democracy Planning & Strategy Meeting
When: January 21 at 6pm
Where: 1420 Cerrillos Road
Join Retake for a planning and strategy meeting. We will discuss our priority bills, our strategy and how you can best advocate at the Roundhouse or from home. This is a critical meeting, especially for a short, 30 day session.
MORE TRAININGS TO BE POSTED IN COMING DAYS