Scorecards for Los Alamos Area Legislators:
- Rep. Nick Salazar (HD 40) didn’t receive a 2015 Score because of a predominance of excused absences during the 2015 session. His Lifetime Score is 66%
- Rep. Debbie Rodella (HD 41) earned a 100% 2015 Score, Lifetime Score 71%
- Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (HD 43) earned a 100% 2015 Score, Lifetime Score 86% – Rep. Garcia Richard stands out as having the highest Lifetime Score of any Los Alamos area legislator.
- Rep. Carl Trujillo (HD 46) earned an 83% 2015 Score, Lifetime Score 66%
- Rep. James Rodger Madalena (HD 65) earned a 100% 2015 Score, Lifetime Score 75%
- Sen. Richard Martinez (SD 5) earned a 67% 2015 Score, Lifetime Score 61%
- Sen. Carlos Cisneros (SD 6) earned a 100% 2015 Score, Lifetime Score 80%
- Sen. Benny Shendo (SD 22) earned a 75% 2015 Score, Lifetime Score 68%
An Executive Summary by CVNM Executive Director Demis Foster highlighting successes and challenges the conservation community faced during the session
Our Issue Spotlight, in which we take a deep dive into the five-bill push to strip away, or pre-empt, the ability of local governments to make decisions to protect their land and water
Stories of critical moments for conservation during the 2015 legislative session
A look at data from the 2005 to 2015 Conservation Scorecards
Taken voting rights away from thousands of New Mexicans who are most impacted by environmental degradation
Weakened protections for communities in the Mining Act
Removed New Mexico’s renewable portfolio standard, which requires utilities to provide 20% of our energy from renewable sources by 2020
Enabled the privatization of critical public services (e.g. water systems) without adequate safeguards, oversight or taxpayer protections.
For a second year, CVNM brought forward bills that would have established a fund to conduct a baseline community health study of the Grants Mineral Belt, and made recommendations for ways to mitigate the public health impacts of uranium mining. Both the House and Senate bills were heard in committee, generating debate about the importance of protecting community health. Unfortunately, both bills died. HB 494 died in House Health Committee by a vote of 5-4. SB 610 failed to be heard in Senate Judiciary Committee after passing out of the Senate Public Affairs Committee.
CVNM supported the Solar Tax Credit Extension (SB 391, Stewart) which would have continued the existing tax credit for the installation of commercial, residential and agricultural solar systems. The tax credit has helped many New Mexicans invest in solar energy for their homes, businesses and farms, improving the environment and public health by reducing demand for coal-fired electricity. The solar tax credit has proved to be successful, assisting the booming local industry to grow 73% from 2012 to 2013, for a total of 1,900 solar jobs in New Mexico. Despite this track record, Gov. Martinez failed to sign, or “pocket vetoed,” the bill.