1-10-23 Alert

Good Morning, New Mexico Activists:

We’ve just learned that the Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) will meet for a Hydrogen Hub Update tomorrow, Weds., Jan. 11, 2- 4 p.m., Room 307 at the Roundhouse. Mysteriously, the meeting is not posted on the nmlegis.gov website. But we have a copy of the agenda, which you can access at this link. (UPDATE: the meeting is now posted, but our request for information is unanswered.)

We’re attempting to get more information — whether public comment will be permitted, if the meeting will be accessible via Zoom, if the committee will accept written comment, etc., but no replies so far. The public must be allowed to attend the meeting in person, so please do so if you can. If public comment is allowed, please read about why hydrogen production is bad for our state at this link and be ready to comment. We don’t know if a hydrogen hub bill will be introduced again this year, so you’ll be speaking generally against hydrogen production in New Mexico.

Please contact members of the LFC today (see list below) to express your opposition to hydrogen production. NOTE: LFC is an Interim committee, so it includes both House and Senate members.

Even if your own House and Senate members are not on the committee, please contact them. They need to know why hydrogen production is a bad idea. You’ll find contact info for your House members at this link. And you’ll find contact info for your Senate members here. None of the 16 new House members have been added to the contact list, but we hope you can dig around a bit and find yours – one effort on your part, 16 on ours, and we don’t have time to do it! LFC contact list is below.

Legislative Finance Committee

  • Rep. Patricia A. Lundstrom, Chair (D), 505-722-2980, patricia.lundstrom@nmlegis.gov
  • Sen. George K. Munoz, Vice Chair (D), 505-722-6570 or 505-722-0191, George.munoz@nmlegis.gov
  • Rep. Gail Armstrong (R), 505-269-2364, gail@gailfornewmexico.com
  • Rep. Brian G. Baca (R), 505-565-0304, brian.baca@nmlegis.gov
  • Sen. Pete Campos (D), 505-425-0508, pete.campos@nmlegis.gov
  • Rep. Christine Chandler (D), 505-695-2646, christine.chandler@nmlegis.gov
  • Rep. Jack Chatfield (R), 575-673-2320, jack.chatfield@nmlegis.gov
  • Rep. Harry Garcia (D), 505-290-7510, hgarciad69@gmail.com
  • Sen. Roberto “Bobby” J. Gonzales (D), 575-758-2674, Roberto.gonzales@nmlegis.gov
  • Sen. Siah Correa Hemphill (D), 5775-654-0683, siah.hemphill@nmlegis.gov
  • Rep. Dayan Hochman-Vigil (D), 505-948-2320, dayan.hochman-vigil@nmlegis.gov
  • Sen. Gay G. Kernan (R), 505-629-8081, gay.kernan@nmlegis.gov
  • Sen. Steven P. Neville (R), 505-327-5460, steven.neville@nmlegis.gov
  • Sen. Nancy Rodriguez (D), 505-983-8913, nancy.rodriguez@nmlegis.gov
  • Rep. Nathan P. Small (D), 575-496-9540, Nathan.small@nmlegis.gov
  • Sen. Pat Woods (R), 575-357-8594, pat.woods@nmlegis.gov

In yesterday’s Alert, we encouraged you to contact your legislators now, this week, to urge them to support the issues you care about. If you missed yesterday’s Alert, you can find it at this link. The Alert includes a list of issues that you can find info about on our website if you need talking points before you contact your legislators. You will find all Alerts listed in chronological order at this link.

Lots of legislators are holding town hall meetings this week. If you’re not aware of one, call your legislators to ask about town halls, and participate if you can. That’s another way to have a meaningful conversation about the issues you support. When you have them on the phone, whether or not they’re having a town hall, you can bring up the issues you’d like them to support and tell them you’ll be following up with them during the Session.

Please join our Legislative Huddle tomorrow night at 6 p.m. to discuss the latest bills that have been filed, including housing reform. Register at this link.

That’s all for today. Things are starting to heat up, so we’ll be writing to you more often to keep you up to date with this year’s legislation. Please contact us at retakeresponse@gmail.com if you have any questions or if you have information to share.

In Solidarity & Hope,

Roxanne and Paul