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2021 Legislative Debrief

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Dear Friend & Supporter,

The 2021 NM State Legislative Session finally wrapped up last Saturday. Please see our final call to take action on community solar! Last stop is the Governor's desk. She has until 4/9 to sign legislation that passed both chambers. See instructions below.

This year during the Legislative session, communities in New Mexico cried out for help. We asked for concrete, science-based climate legislation and for a just transition for frontline communities. There was a huge slate of climate and environmental justice related legislation introduced from tighter regulation on recycling fracking water to establishing strong carbon pollution limits, BUT this legislation failed to get scheduled or was tabled. These proposals died quietly, like they were supposed to. We are disappointed that New Mexico's elected leadership has not taken enough or big enough strides in the right direction on the climate or on tough and enforceable regulations. We will continue to move and fight because our futures depend on it. Thank you all for joining us in this fight!

Final Push on the Governor for SB 84 Community Solar! 🌞

Want to see Community Solar become reality? Get your network involved & ask them to reach out to the Governor's Office. Although it was not 100% the version of community solar we want, it’s a start and we are going try to do as much as we can under this version. Now, it is time for us to organize as many people as we can to let the Governor’s Office know that the public wants the Governor to sign the Community Solar bill and make it happen. Any legislation from the 2021 Legislative Session that the Governor does not sign by Friday, April 9th is automatically pocket vetoed, meaning that it does not become chaptered & become law. Contact the office of Governor Lujan Grisham! Call: (505) 476-2200 Email: www.governor.state.nm.us/contact-the-governor/ Letters to: Governor Lujan Grisham 490 Old Santa Fe Trail Room 400 Santa Fe, NM 87501

BILLS THAT PASSED!! 🎉🎉

Stalled + Tabled Bills

Other Legislative Updates! BILLS OFFICIALLY SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR!! ✍️

3/18 Press Conference to Decry Failure to Regulate Oil and Gas Waste Seneca Johnson of YUCCA joined Rebecca Sobel of Wildearth Guardians, Mario Atencio, Norm Gaume and Mariel Nanasi from NEE to address the failure of NM leadership to legislate to protect New Mexico land, air and water from despoliation by the oil and gas industry and the Governor’s intent to request an exemption from the Biden administration’s oil and gas leasing pause, a pause desperately needed to address New Mexico’s inexcusable data inaccuracies and inconsistencies, identify the resources and enforcement policies necessary to prevent irreversible environmental damages, and the development of a land use plan that is consistent with the science.

WATCH HERE

Upcoming Events!


Interior Department Public Forum on Federal Oil & Gas Program Thursday, March 25, 12 – 2:30 pm Join this important meeting! Members of the public can submit additional information through April 15 to inform Interior’s interim report at energyreview@ios.doi.gov. A livestream will also be available here.

REGISTER HERE



Nuevo México Prospera THRIVE Rally | Wednesday, March 31, 6:30 – 7:30pm

RSVP HERE