Notes from the April Monthly Gathering

Complied by Karen “KB” Bentrup

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change release a new report on April 4thhttps://www.ipcc.ch/report/sixth-assessment-report-working-group-3/

Divest from this death spiral of fossil fuel extraction & pollution and invest in green energy, renewable options, and sustainable community development — then ask friends and family to join you in this powerful way to honor life! LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS:
https://fossilfreefunds.org/
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/24/how-much-the-largest-banks-have-invested-in-fossil-fuel-report.html
https://350.org/stop-fossil-finance/
https://addup.sierraclub.org/campaigns/tell-americas-largest-banks-stop-funding-fossil-fuels

FROM OTHER PRESENTERS and COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Absentee Ballots for NM – request them now for Primary Election in Junehttps://portal.sos.state.nm.us/OVR/WebPages/AbsenteeApplication.aspx

Check status of your request here – https://www.sos.state.nm.us/voting-and-elections/voter-information-portal/

League of Women Voters – LWV “Who’s Who A Political  Directory” – Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties, 2022 – paper copy available at most libraries or read e-version at http://www.lwvcnm.org
https://www.lwvcnm.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/WHOs_WHO_2022.pdf

VOTE411.org   VOTER INFO for each state in U.S. – thanks LWV!!

League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) in October of 2006, VOTE411.org is a “one-stop-shop” for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on the following aspects of the election process:

https://www.vote411.org/

General notes from our legislator panel: 

BUDGET drives everything! The budget process begins in August, is finalized in October for the next year’s January legislative session start. We can’t have new legis sent to our key legislators in December without any preliminary work and expect positive results. 

Start our legislation support conversations NOW! Have our collaborators working together, talking points for constituents and media, and key legislator names ready for Interim Committee meetings. 

Always remember any bill that might have a fiscal impact will go through the Appropriations Committee so we need to prepare for this. 

INTERIM COMMITTIES – more info here:  https://www.nmlegis.gov/

Very simply: why is your idea (bill) better than the other one being offered (probably by GOP) and specific reasons why our idea will truly help New Mexicans. Because of time constraints and lack of research staff, our legislators need US to prepare the information for them so they can lobby with details and data for our legislation. 

Be ready to negotiate – what in the bill are we willing to change and the original intent and projected impact will still be true? In any negotiation, it helps to know where is the wiggle room!

We need FULLTIME PAY FOR OUR LEGISLATORS and of course, LONGER SESSIONS. One example given, was that Alaska state legislators are paid and have up to EIGHT staff per legislator!! In NM, our legislators only have a staff person during session with very limited job duties. We need fulltime paid legislators with paid staff ALL YEAR ROUND. 

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