2023 Legislative Session Part 1

GPAMA recommendations and comments. Please contact the legislators in the committees. Committee links will take you to contact info.


SUPPORT:

HJR1 Independent Redistricting Commission, CA

There are a few minor issues, but we want an independent commission.  This legislation would but the question to voters.

–In House Judiciary Committee, contact info at link. https://www.nmlegis.gov/Committee/Standing_Committee?CommitteeCode=HJC

HJR4 ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS, CA

Puts right to clear and healthy air, water, soil, and environments in Bill of Rights more specifically and extensively than Article 20, Section 21. This could use a boost.

–In HEENRC
https://nmlegis.gov/Committee/Standing_Committee?CommitteeCode=HENRC

SB99 RENT CONTROL PROHIBITION

Repeals the prohibition on rent control. Being heard NOW in Senate Health & Public Affairs

https://nmlegis.gov/Committee/Standing_Committee?CommitteeCode=SHPAC

oppose:

HB98 Reinstatement of Qualified Immunity

Removes the section in the NM Civil Rights Act that states that persons acting under color of public authority shall not enjoy the defense of qualified immunity for causing deprivation of constitutional rights, privileges, or immunities.

–In HOUSE CONSUMER & PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
https://nmlegis.gov/Committee/Standing_Committee?CommitteeCode=HCPAC

Want amended:

HB86 VOTER EDUCATION AND ELECTIONS TASK FORCE

The proposed task force excludes anyone who is not a D or R from membership. Independents and other party-affiliated voters should be part of the task force.

–to be heard in House Consumer & Public Affairs Feb 2nd
https://nmlegis.gov/Committee/Standing_Committee?CommitteeCode=HCPAC

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Put on Your March & Rally Shoes-CORRECTIONS

There are several marches or rallies in January 2023:

MLK Commemorative March, Saturday, January 14, 10:00 a. m. from University & MLK NE (UNM) to Civic Plaza in downtown Albuquerque

Stop the War Machine, (UNCONFIRMED), Saturday, January 14, 11:00 a. m. to 1:00 p. m., San Mateo & Gibson SE. Close Gitmo demonstration. Note: protest was Friday, January 13th.

Stop Rio Rancho Compressed Natural Gas Storage Facility, Friday, January 20, noon to 1:00 p. m., in front of NM Gas Co. office, 7120 Wyoming NE, Albuquerque

Women’s March, Sunday, January 22, 2023, noon to 2:00 p. m., at UNM Bookstore, Central & Cornell. Civic Plaza (338 Marquette Ave. NW) in ABQ.

Eco-Wars on the People

Check out the GP Eco-Action Webinar on Plastics, recorded in November 2022 with Beyond Plastics organizer, Alexis Goldsmith. Is plastic the new coal?

The FBI raided the homes of members and officers of the Uhuru Movement and the African People’s Socialist Party in July 2022. There is an expectation of indictments in early 2023. Meet four people who were targeted in a virtual meeting on January 9, 2023, 5:00 p. m. MST. You must register to attend.

HD16 Vacancy

Since Moe Maestas moved to the state senate, the House seat to which he was elected in November 2022 is open. HD16 is on the West Side of ABQ. The deadline for applications is Friday, January 6, 2023, at noon. The selection of someone to fill the seat for the term ending December 31, 2024, will be on Monday, January 9, 2023 at a special administrative meeting of the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners beginning at 10:00 a. m. on Zoom. More information at https://www.bernco.gov/blog/2022/12/28/bernco-commission-seeks-applications-sets-special-meeting-to-fill-new-mexico-house-district-16-seat-2/. Eligible Greens are encouraged to apply.

CALL FOR CANDIDATES 2023

Local Regular Elections will occur statewide in 2023. These are typically non-partisan elections and include positions on school boards and conservancy districts among others. Please contact GPAMA if you live in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, or Valencia County and are interested in running for local public office. LET’S GO GREENS!

Homestretch for Enrique–UPDATED

THANK YOU, ENRIQUE, for challenging the corporate duopoly and representing minor or alternative parties well. ¡Rumbo al futuro!

Please GOTV for Enrique’s bid for HD19 in the final days of the campaign. Volunteer at https://forms.gle/DZtNAFC67VpjmeW46.

The campaign could use some more door knockers, phone and text bankers, and people to stand at polling places with signs. ¡Vamos Enrique!

Vacancy in SD26 UPDATE!

UPDATE: Em Ward, a long-time Green, applied to fill the vacant state senate seat. She has a long history of peace and environmental activism. Her background in both medicine and engineering gives her a rare combination of skills and will make her an effective advocate for her district. She will be guided by the Four Pillars (Ecological Wisdom, Social Justice, Peace/Non-violence, and Grassroots Democracy) and will not be indebted to party bosses and corporate donors. If you live in Bernalillo County, please send an e-mail to the Board of Commissioners in support of her application:

  • to: commission@bernco.gov
  • subject line: Em Ward for SD26
  • before: 5:00 p. m., Tuesday, November 15, 2022.

THANK YOU

The resignation of Jacob Candelaria from his state senate seat leaves a vacancy that the Bernalillo County Commission will fill at their regular meeting on Tuesday, November 15. Eligible Greens are encouraged to apply (and let us know). Information at https://www.bernco.gov/blog/2022/10/28/correction-bernco-commission-seeks-applications-for-open-legislative-seat/.