Good Morning, New Mexico Activists:
The 2023 Session begins in exactly 5 weeks, and we’ll be in the thick of it before we know it!
Please join our next Legislative Huddle via Zoom, tomorrow evening, Weds., Dec. 14, 6 – 7 p.m. We’ll continue our discussion about bills we’ll support, adding a few new ones to the list. We want to hear from you – if there are bills you’re involved with and issues you’re passionate about. Go to this link to register for Dec. 14. Or register for all upcoming Huddles at this link, where you’ll also find recordings of previous Huddles.
If you missed last week’s Zoom webinar on Public Power-Local Choice Energy or the October webinar on Public Banking, you’ll find the video recordings at this link. Legislation will be introduced in the 2023 Session on both of these issues –– we’ll send you more info, including talking points, as soon as they are ready.
You may also want to watch the recording of Paul’s recent interview with Michael Rocca, Professor of Poly Sci at UNM in Albuquerque. Link to the recorded interview here. Professor Rocca is an enthusiastic expert on cronyism in New Mexico and how it impacts our economic development. He also co-authored a recent report on professionalizing (or modernizing) the New Mexico Legislature. Legislation to modernize our legislature will also be introduced in the 2023 Session. To learn more about this, read Paul’s blog on the topic, which includes a link to Professor Rocca’s report, at this link. You can also watch a recorded Zoom webinar on Modernizing the New Mexico Legislature at this link (from July 2022).
Please consider volunteering to be a Hearing Observer for Retake Our Democracy during the 2023 Session. We use your hearing notes to inform activists across the state as well as to further hone our talking points so that all of us can become more successful advocates. Learn more about the Hearing Observer role and find the link to sign up here.
That’s all for today. Thank you for your valuable time and energy toward making our state a better place!
In Solidarity and Hope,
Roxanne and Paul