PDACNM Community Gathering
Welcome to the Monthly Community Gathering of Progressive Democrats of America, Central New Mexico Chapter
Wednesday January 13, 2020
Program is 6:00-7:30pm
Making Legislative History
In November New Mexicans elected what may be the most progressive and visionary Legislature in NM history. Our expectations are that they will formulate and pass legislation that will finally raise the well-being of all New Mexicans and make New Mexico a rising star in health, education, prison and justice reform, tax reform, transitions to alternative energy development, and economic equity. With strong grassroots activism, we can help achieve these goals. So join PDACNM as we advocate for what we would like New Mexico to become. This virtual session will have its challenges and we salute our legislators as they take on this enormous task.
Special thanks to our IT & Comms Crew: Scott Lake, Larry Baca & Lloyd DeWald
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1. Welcome to PDA Central New Mexico chapter: Lisa Franzen 3”
2. Tech tips and Breakout Groups: Karen Bentrup – 3”
3. Land Acknowledgement: Daniel McLaughlin 3”
4. Grounding: noting and naming what is happening: Dr. Kathleen O’Malley 3″
5. Tracking a Bill Through the Legislative Process and Q&A – Pat Bartels 30”
Please post questions in the chat. Deb Marez-Baca will moderatethe questions for Pat. The presentation will be recorded.
6. Breakout Groups: Meet in Interest Areas: 30”
Yes, very similar to last month, but this time we will discuss specific bills that may be introduced in the 2021 Legislative
Session and which ones PDACNM will want to prioritize. In order to find pre-filed bills, please go to nmlegis.gov, click on
“Legislation”; then on “View complete legislation list”; then “GO” under 2021 Regular – 2021 Regular. Bills are being
added each day so you can check as often as you like.
- Please select an interest area below for your breakout session.
- Each breakout will have a PDA moderator.
- Discussion will be about the bills in that interest area, how PDA Action Alerts help us act, your skills and knowledge, and preparing to move our legislation forward and win!
- And if you are interested, perhaps you will volunteer to help us track these bills for the Action Alerts.
BREAKOUT GROUP INTEREST AREAS:
a – Healthcare – Amy, Herb, Pat
b – Voting Rights and Election Integrity – Paul
c – End Corporate Rule (includes banking) – Lisa, Willard
d – Social & Economic Justice – Laura, Deb, Kathleen
e – Stop Global Warming/Climate Crisis – Ted, Karen
- Main Group: Key take-aways and closing remarks: Karen Bentrup 3”
- PDA Action Alerts will help guide your online and digital lobbying – sign up here: https://pdacnm.org/
- 2021 Legislative Action Expo (online) – January 9
By Lance Chilton
New Mexico may not be at the top of all lists, but it is very near the top in its excellent legislative website, nmlegis.gov. Here’s a little of what you’ll find there, and at the bottom of this list, you’ll find a link to more complete guidance as to how to use our great site.
- On the home page, you’ll have a choice of Legislators, Legislation, Committees, Publications, What’s Happening, Webcast, Quick Links, Highlights and Contact Us.
- Click on Legislators. If you don’t know who he/she is, search by your address for both senator and representative. Once you do know, you can search by his/her name to find out which committees they serve on, what legislation they have sponsored, and their home and Santa Fe phone numbers and addresses. Call them up! Invite them for coffee and to hear your views!
- Click on Legislation to find bills introduced in any session since 1996! You can search by keyword (for example, “vaccines”), by the legislator who introduced them (for example, Sen Lopez), by the bill number and year, or you can get a complete list of an entire session’s bills. Then you can find out what happened to each of them in which you’re interested (a little info on abbreviations needed – see below).
- Click on Committees (often very helpful to find out who is most likely to affect your favorite bill’s chance of passage.) Both session and interim committees are listed, and committee agendas are included if one has already been planned.
- Click on Publications. A great variety are listed to click on, including House and Senate rules, economic analyses, and a variety of important program reports from the Legislative Finance Committee, the Legislative Educational Study Committee, and the Legislative Council Service (example: Early Childhood Planning and Capacity)
- Click on What’s Happening. House and Senate floor and committee calendars are posted here during session evenings for the following day. Remember that things change, though.
- Click on Webcast. Virtually all floor and committee sessions are televised as they’re happening. You don’t have to be there to watch – except, oops, if you want to testify before a committee. You can’t do that remotely. But you can watch archived recordings of previous floor and committee meetings.
- Click on Quick Links. Lots of varied info available. My favorite: finding out what’s happening around Santa Fe and especially in the Capitol Rotunda in the link marked “Social Calendar.” For example, I now know that January 23 is “Children and Youth Day” in the rotunda.
- Click on Highlights. You can get the Legislative Council Service’s summary of the results of every session going back to 2002. Be careful what you ask for, though: the 2019 session’s very readable version stretched to 220 pages!
- Click on Contact Us. A short list of standing committees (such as LFC, LESC, LCS) can be found there, or you can just call the Capitol at 505-986-4300 or 505-986-4600 to be put through to the person or agency you want to speak with by the always helpful Capitol operators.
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