Rio Grande Valley Broadband • Entered by Linda Starr on March 31, 2021

NM Legislative Priorities for 2021

January 14, 2021

Participants and Hours

Pre Planning hours 0.50
Post Admin hours
Activity Hours 1.5
Participants 1
Total Hours 2

Key Issue: Multiple apply
Activity Type: Relationship Building with non-white and/or frontline communities (relational meetings, attending events, community support, etc.)
Key Partners: NM Environmental Law Center

Short Description of Activity

Shared information about legislative priorities and NM legislative bills that would help protect land, air, water, and hold polluters more accountable.

Reflection/Evaluation

The NM Green Amendment was mentioned as one of their priorities. I also wanted to be involved in seeing other bills pass in this NM legislative session that would provide protection from oil and gas waste (Produced Water), increase maximum civil penalties to be collected under the environmental statutes, remove clauses in the Air Quality Control Act and Hazardous Waste Act that bar the Environmental Improvement Board, local governments and the NM Enviro. Dept. from adopting regulations that are More Stringent (Stringency Act) than federal regulations. Produced Water Act failed to gain passage but Stringency Act did pass in both houses and is on the Gov’s desk.

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