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.


Policy changes that were influenced by the people and ideas of New Mexico First

  • Passage the Childcare Accountability Act, 2018
  • Tax research legislation to inform future state tax reform proposals, 2017
  • Reducing the length of the k-12 state assessment tests, 2017
  • Working with educators to better ensure that k-12 state assessments reflect state’s culture, history and families, 2017
  • More timely communication with parents about k-12 state assessments and assessment results, 2017
  • Ethics commission constitutional amendment resolution, 2017
  • Poverty reduction memorial, gathering essential data on safety net thresholds, 2017
  • Workforce training expanded by change in eligibility requirements, 2017
  • Broadband access and funding, 2017
  • Watershed restoration fund for state lands, 2017
  • Weight of student test scores reduced in teacher evaluations, 2017
  • Agency rulemaking made consistent, 2017
  • Endorsement of statewide agricultural task force, 2017
  • Water planning appropriations, 2016
  • Retained math as essential to elementary teacher licensure, ensuring a minimum of six credit hours, 2015
  • Multiple STEM funding initiatives, including stipends for teachers in hard-to-staff areas, 2015
  • Water research funding for NM universities, including aquifer characterization and legal research, 2015
  • Funding for state and regional water planning, 2014-2015
  • Water conservation tax credits, 2015
  • New agency rule to reduce freshwater use by oil and gas industry through reuse of produced water, 2015
  • Funding for STEM education initiatives and teacher professional development, 2014
  • Legislative endorsement of STEM targets, including metrics for student and teacher improvements, 2014
  • Funding for job training incentive program (JTIP), 2014
  • Peer-to-peer substance abuse memorial, 2013
  • Early childhood development eligibility expanded, 2013
  • Expansion of Medicaid coverage, 2013
  • Economic development MainStreet frontier communities program reauthorized, 2013
  • New Mexico Chile advertising act strengthened, 2013
  • Corporate tax reduction, 2013
  • Small Business Task Force on Regulatory Reform, 2011
  • Establishment of New Mexico Mentorship Day, 2011
  • Support for Tres Amigas transmission project, 2010
  • Executive Order 2009-002 on energy development, 2009
  • Marketing support for state agricultural products, 2009
  • Healthy New Mexico Task Force, 2008
  • Medical student financial support: aid to repay loans, incentives to stay in NM, 2008
  • Alignment of high school graduation requirements with college entrance exams, 2007
  • Public Education Department Math & Science Bureau established, 2006
  • High School Reform Act, 2006
  • Small Business Regulatory Relief Act, 2005
  • Renewable Energy Act and the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit, 2002
  • Creation of the NM Tax Research Institute, 2001
  • Phase-in of full-day kindergarten, 1999
  • Inclusion of regional basin and watershed plans in the statewide watershed plans, 1998
  • Expansion of Mayor’s Youth Advisory Councils, 1996
  • Constitutional amendment of the anti-donation clause to allow public funds for economic development, 1994
  • Constitutional Convention supported, 1994
  • Restructuring of Worker’s Compensation laws, 1993
  • Ethics/campaign reporting requirements adopted, 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
  • Expanded of 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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