New Mexico First Town Halls

Steps in a Typical Deliberative Process

Step 1: Learn

  • Participants read a nonpartisan background report on the issue before the event begins.
  • Guest speakers share expertise.

 Step 2: Consider Options 

  • Discuss the topic, including ideal outcomes and barriers.
  • Consider different approaches and tradeoffs.

Step 3: Choose Solutions

  • Draft consensus recommendations.
  • Share recommendations.
  • Combine similar recommendations.
  • Amend recommendations.
  • Finalize recommendations

 Step 4: Advance Change 

A team of volunteers work for 12-18 months after the deliberation to educate people and lawmakers about the event’s recommendations. Activities include presentations, testimony, private sector meetings, online outreach, etc.

Outcomes from Town Halls

The following outcomes and activities were influenced by New Mexico First town hall recommendations. We applaud the countless volunteers who advanced these causes.

  • Ensured that teacher licensure requirements include 6 credit hours of math, 2015
  • Memorial requesting that the Public Education Department update the required math teacher competencies to ensure that teacher receive adequate preparation, 2015
  • Memorial requesting that the Public Education Department convene a high school mathematics education task force, 2015
  • Funding for science, technology, engineering and math initiatives, including stipends for teachers in hard-to-staff areas, 2015
  • Memorial declaring a New Mexico Water Awareness Week, 2015
  • Memorial recognizing NM private-sector partnerships with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, 2015
  • Water research funding for NM universities, including aquifer characterization and legal research, 2015
  • Funding to improve state and regional water planning, 2015
  • Water conservation tax credits and programs initiated, 2015
  • Approval of a new rule that may reduce the oil and gas industry’s fresh water consumption by promoting recycling and reusing of produced water, 2105
  • NM State Library posts NM First policy reports in a digital library for research use by state legislators and legislative staff, 2014
  • Funding for STEM education initiatives and teacher professional development, 2014
  • Memorial declaring a New Mexico STEM Education Week, 2014
  • Funding for a job training incentive program (JTIP), 2014
  • Funding for regional and statewide water planning to the Interstate Stream Commission, 2014
  • Peer-to-peer substance abuse approaches memorial, 2013
  • Early childhood development program eligibility expanded, 2013
  • Federal funding to New Mexico to expand Medicaid coverage as part of the Affordable Care Act, 2013
  • Economic development MainStreet frontier communities program reauthorized, 2013
  • New Mexico Chile advertising act strengthen, 2013
  • Comprehensive tax package reducing corporate taxes from 7.6 percent to 5.9, 2013
  • Small Business Task Force on Regulatory Reform, 2011
  • Establishment of New Mexico Mentorship Day, 2011
  • Support for the Tres Amigas transmission project, 2010
  • Executive Order 2009-002 on energy development, 2009
  • Marketing support for NM agricultural products, 2009
  • Wellness of the Workplace report presented to legislature fulfilling NM Joint House Memorial 24, 2009
  • Healthy New Mexico Task Force, 2008
  • Medical student financial support: aid to repay loans, incentives to stay in NM, 2008
  • Collaborative study on workplace wellness, 2008
  • Alignment of HS graduation requirements with college entrance exams, 2007
  • New Mexico Public Education Department Math & Science Bureau established, 2006
  • High School Reform Act, 2006
  • Enactment of the Small Business Regulatory Relief Act, 2005
  • Enactment of the Renewable Energy Act and the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit, 2002
  • Creation of the independent NM Tax Research Institute, 2001
  • Phase-in of full-day kindergarten, 1999
  • 21 regional basin and watershed plans included in the statewide watershed plans, 1998
  • Expansion of Mayor’s Youth Advisory Councils to more communities, 1996
  • Constitutional amendment of the anti-donation clause to allow for use of public funds for economic development, 1994
  • Constitutional Convention supported, 1994
  • Restructuring of Worker’s Compensation laws, 1993
  • Ethics and campaign reporting requirements adopted by the legislature, 1993
  • Enactment of the NM Mining Act, 1993
  • Creation of the NM Finance Authority and the Public Project Revolving Loan Fund, 1992
  • Enactment of Defense Conversion & Technology Act, 1992
  • Creation of State Health Policy Commission, 1991
  • Prenatal care added to Medicaid, 1991
  • Environmental Improvement Division elevated to cabinet level status, 1991
  • Expanded efforts to improve the state’s database on geology and groundwater, 1990
  • Permanent school funding task force created by legislation, 1990
  • Formation of Economic Development and Tourism Commission, 1987 

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