August 22, 2023

Legislative Newsletter: Interim meeting preview

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Hello fellow political junkies!

This is the first edition of NM Political Report’s legislative newsletter.

I am Nicole Maxwell and I cover the state legislature and other political news such as general political or elections-based rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court.

This newsletter will cover the New Mexico Legislature’s interim meetings, including schedules and agenda items plus county commission and city council meeting schedules and agendas for Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, Santa Fe County and city, Doña Ana County and Las Cruces city councils and county commissions.

This week looks to be a busy one on the legislative interim meeting front with five interim committees meeting across the state.

On Monday, the Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee met in Los Alamos where they discussed environmental management issues including chromium plume clean up, issues concerning the downwinders (people who lived downwind of the Trinity Test who are still affected by fallout) and transporting weapons-grade plutonium. 

A story by my colleague Hannah Grover about nuclear testing and the compensation finally coming to the New Mexico Downwinders can be found here.

Another meeting in the mountains was the Transportation Infrastructure Revenue Subcommittee meeting in Las Vegas.

The interim committee discussed traffic-related crashes, fatalities and safety strategies, wildlife corridors and the state road fund.

Meetings beginning Tuesday include the Land Grant Committee meeting in Peñasco where they are expected to talk about watershed and fire prevention and other water topics on the land grants and acequias.

The other meeting beginning Tuesday is the Legislative Finance Committee meeting at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas.

The meeting lasts through Thursday with topics ranging from the preliminary Fiscal Year 23 general fund revenue updates, FY24-FY28 revenue outlook, and general fund financial summary to an update on Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire recovery.

A story, also by Grover, about Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire recovery can be found here.

Here’s a story I wrote about the state’s long term economic outlook: Long-term economic outlook envisions oil and gas funding dropping.

The final interim committee meeting of the week is the Legislative Ethics Committee meeting in Room 317 in the Roundhouse on Friday to discuss a summary of statutes and policies pertinent to the Interim Legislative Ethics Committee.

Most interim committee meetings are live streamed through the webcast tab, although sometimes the meetings are not posted until later due to technical difficulties including weak Wi-Fi connections at the meeting locations.

Upcoming interim legislative meetings

County Commission and City Council Meetings

Upcoming elections

The 2023 local elections are coming up on Nov. 2. Those wishing to run for local office must file their candidacy on Aug. 29 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at your local county clerk’s office.

Now is also a good time to check or update your voter registration which can be done through or by contacting your local county clerk’s office.

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