PDA Legislative Action Alerts

 

To all PDA Central New Mexico colleagues,

If you are interested in having your voices heard in the upcoming New Mexico State Legislature, here’s your chance.

The New Mexico State Legislature will begin on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 for its thirty day session. The Central New Mexico chapter of PDA will be updating and expanding its project for notifying legislators of our support or opposition to legislation. Issues we expect to address include equal rights, energy & environment, voter rights, education, immigration, gun control, marijuana, real ID, ethics reform, and economic equity.

Legislators want to know the opinions of voters.

An important measure legislators use is the number of messages they get supporting or opposing legislation. To that end, the thrust of the project will be to send a large number of messages via email (or by telephone calls) to members of committees that will be hearing legislation of interest to us. The messages should be short and to the point, because legislators do not have the time to read large numbers of lengthy messages. We just want them to know of our support or opposition, and a basic reason as to why.

Below is an example of an email alert for you to send.

It is designed to enable recipients to simply and quickly generate messages to committee members. We know that you may not have time to send emails to legislators on every bill of interest, but we encourage you to do so for as many bills as you can – the more messages the legislators get, the better!

Please reply to this message if you would like to participate in this ACTION ALERT project. Only those replying will get the ACTION ALERTS.

Email me directly at stokescorrales@comcast.net

Thanks to those who have already signed up, and I look forward to hearing from many of you.

Paul Stokes
ACTION ALERT coordinator

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Example of a PDA ACTION ALERT
To:  Your name
Subject:  PDA ACTION ALERT for the NM Legislature:  Support HB 74, Public Education commission as Independent, scheduled for the House Education Committee

 

  • HB 74, Public Education Commission as Independent, sponsored by Rep. Christine Trujillo, is scheduled to be heard in the House Education Committee.
  • Please email or call the members of the committee to express your support for this legislation.
  • You can prepare, and then copy and paste your message into emails to the committee members listed at the bottom of this message.
  • You can click on the name in the list below to open an email to the corresponding legislator.  If that doesn’t work for you, you can go to http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislator_search.aspx to find the email address.
Your message 
  • Remember, the principal purpose of the message is to ask your legislator to support the legislation
  • Talking points (but please use your own words)
    • This commission would make education board decisions less political
    • It would keep governors from interfering in educational policy
    • It would have authority to approve or deny state charter school application
Tips for emails
  • If the addressee is the chair of the committee, you may wish to note that the legislation is scheduled in “his or her” committee.
  • If you are addressing the sponsor (see above) of legislation that you support, you may wish to acknowledge that by expressing your thanks.
  • If you are addressing the sponsor (see above) of legislation that you oppose, you may want to acknowledge that the addressee is the sponsor (for example, use of the phrase “…your bill…” in the message) while expressing your disagreement.
  • If your own legislator is a member of the committee, acknowledge that in your message to him or her.
House Education Committee
Click name to send email
Nora Espinoza
R
Chair
986-4852
Monica Youngblood
R
Vice Chair
986-4242
Dennis J. Roch
R
Deputy Chair
986-4341
Alonzo Baldonado
R
Member
986-4774
Jim Dines
R
Member
986-4242
Stephanie Garcia Richard
D
Member
986-4464
Jimmie C. Hall
R
Member
986-4320
D. Wonda Johnson
D
Member
986-4435
William “Bill” R. Rehm
R
Member
986-4425
G. Andrés Romero
D
Member
986-4336
Tomás E. Salazar
D
Member
986-4432
Sheryl Williams Stapleton
D
Member
986-4757
Christine Trujillo
D
Member
986-4255
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