Category Archives: Legislation

Bills in the NM Legislature or other Legislative Issues

Proposed Crime Bills Hurt New Mexicans

New criminal offenses and increasing criminal penalties hurt New Mexicans and New Mexico –and here’s why!

Talking points for us to use when contacting our NM Legislators!
Legislative Session, January 18 – February 17, 2022

“Tough on Crime” – In this legislative session, January 18 through 17, the legislative agenda is restricted to bills related to money – i.e., taxation and appropriation – plus any other bills the governor sets before the legislature. If history is a guide, Governor Lujan Grisham will send a number of bills to the legislature that either create new criminal offenses or increase penalties for existing offenses, or both.

These are “bad bills” – Most of the Democrats in the legislature know that these bills are ill-advised. Nonetheless, most will vote for the bills if and when they are called upon to vote. In many cases, enough Democrats will join the Republicans to pass these bad bills.


Summary of 2021 Legislature Accomplishments

This summary of key bills briefly describes the results of bills introduced in the 2021 legislative session for which those of you who were on the PDA Legislative Action Alert team received Action Alerts.  We were so pleased that 250 of you participated by telling committee members that we supported those bills, and why.  The members of our bill tracking team (see their names at the end of this document) want to express their sincere thanks to you for your willingness to put up with all those Action Alerts in your inbox!

This was a major undertaking.  We sent out 99 Action Alerts on 66 bills as they worked their way through the several committees in the House and Senate.

The summary below includes bills that we considered key accomplishments and that were signed by the governor, and it also includes especially good bills that failed to pass in the Legislature.  For those of you who would like to see the summary of results for all bills that we tracked, see the Excel document here.

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MONDAY NIGHT UPDATE – Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019

Two companion bills to stop unnecessary war with Iran have been introduced in the House and Senate.

The text of the House bill (H.R.2354 – Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019) is here.

The text of the Senate bill (S.1039 – Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019) is here.

I believe both bills are identical, but I have not compared them closely.

So you know whether to thank your Senators and Representative or urge them to sign on:

Co-sponsors of H.R.2354 are here;
and co-sponsors of S.1039 are here.

It is especially important to make contact if your senator or representative is sitting on a committee to which the bill has been referred.

H.R.2354 is currently in the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on Armed Services.

Membership of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs is here.

Membership of the House Committee on Armed Services is here.

S.1039 is currently in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Committee. If one of your senators sits on this committee, it is especially important to call or email your senator about S.1039.

Membership of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is here..

Reps. Haaland and Lujan are co-sponsors of H.R.2354.

Rep. Torres Small sits on the House Committee on Armed Services and has NOT signed on as of when this is posted.

Sen. Udall is the main sponsor of S.1039.
Sen. Heinrich has NOT signed on as of when this is posted.

PDA Educate Congress July Letter Drops On Climate Emergency

PDA Citizen Advocacy

This month PDA is asking our Representatives and Senators to sign on to a Climate Emergency Resolution introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders, Representatives Blumenauer and Ocasio-Cortez. In the same letter we are asking that they sign a letter to DNC Chair Perez requesting a national climate debate. The information below provides the PDA letters to the House and Senate, a helpful fact sheet which contains the text of the Resolution, a list of sponsors of the Climate Emergency.

Huge Climate Emergency Resolution Push

Click here to see if your Rep. is on the house version. Click here to see if your Senator is on Senate version.

Click here for the Resolution Letters: Dem. House; Dem. Senate; Republican House; Republican Senate.

Click here for an online fact sheet with some helpful links. Click here for a printable/deliverableversion of the fact sheet. (Suggested for your delivery.)

Click here for a downloadable/printable version of the resolution.

Here’s a list of the endorsers:

  • APAL Communications Connections
  • Architects Advocate for Action on Climate Change
  • Bold Iowa
  • Brattleboro Common Sense
  • Bronx Climate Justice North
  • Catholic Divestment Network
  • Chicago Water Protectors
  • Climate Justice at Boston College
  • Climate Reality Project Southern CT Chapter
  • Climate Revolution Orlando
  • Ecocentric Media
  • Englewood Indivisible
  • Florida Indigenous Rights and Environmental Equality
  • Fridays For Future Sacramento
  • Global Warming Education Network (GWEN)
  • Great Plains Zen Center
  • Greenbelt Climate Action Network
  • International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
  • Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition
  • Liology Institute
  • Mass Interfaith Worker Justice
  • Mid Ohio Valley Climate Action
  • Mid-Hudson Valley Sunrise Movement
  • Moms Clean Air Force
  • Movement for a People’s Party
  • North American Climate, Conservation and Environment (NACCE)
  • North Bronx Racial Justice
  • NYCD16 Indivisible
  • Open Source Healing
  • Orange County for Climate Action
  • Our Green Challenge
  • Parents For Future Seattle
  • Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC)
  • Re-nourish
  • Redwood Campaign Advisors
  • Refuge Ministries of Tampa Bay International
  • RESTORE: The North Woods
  • Santa Cruz Climate Action Network
  • Shoegnome Architects
  • South Beach District 6 Democratic Club of San Francisco
  • South Beach District 6 Democratic Club of San Francisco
  • earth
  • Sunrise Movement of Howard County
  • Sustainne, LLC
  • Teens Against Pollution
  • The Clime
  • Touching Earth Sangha
  • Volcano Rainforest Retreat
  • We, the World