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Legislative Call to Action: Hearings on Monday, February 8, 2021

Here is the committee schedule for the following day. Please help share the work and take action. Join us by supporting legislation that is scheduled to be heard in N.M. legislative committees tomorrow, Monday, February 8.


HB 207 Food, Hunger and Farm Bill of 2021 This bill is not scheduled to be heard now. It is in the House Agriculture & Water Resources Committee. New Mexico First is supporting HB207 because our goal is to advance public policy to alleviate food insecurity, create resilient food systems, and focus support on critical needs as New Mexico moves forward with public policy related to pandemic relief and recovery efforts. To do this, New Mexico First is working with the Food, Hunger, Water, and Agriculture Policy Workgroup is made up of a group of a cross-partisan coalition of policymakers, agricultural producers, ag and food-related businesses, the emergency food sector, people of faith, anti-poverty and anti-hunger advocates, researchers/academics, dietitians and health experts, educators, and public policy advocates. While participants come from many different communities and professions across New Mexico and have many different life experiences, there is a shared belief that working together to address food insecurity and strengthen local food systems will improve the health and nutrition of all New Mexicans. For questions about these priorities or for introductions to workgroup members, please contact Lilly Irvin-Vitela at lilly@nmfirst.org.

HB 207 Food, Hunger and Farm Bill of 2021 Co-sponsored by Representatives Stansbury and Ferrary

  • Create a durable framework for addressing hunger, food insecurity, and agricultural sustainability in NM
  • Create a strategy that guides this work in Year 1 and which is updated annually and feeds into policy and budget recommendations for the agencies and the legislature in the subsequent years
  • Provide direction and guidance to the agencies to help lead work in the areas of their mandates
  • Provide authorization and direction to agencies in specific areas to solve persistent structural problems in the food system
  • Provide $750K to HSD in consultation with NMDA and other Departments to do the work and foster public and private partnerships

Food, Hunger & Agriculture

Call to action. Please make public comments and share your support for the legislation below. New Mexico First is supporting these bills because of their alignment with Food, Hunger, Ag, Policy Workgroups that NMF staffs.

HB 89 HEALTHY SOIL TAX REFUND CONTRIBUTION OPTION (Jack Chatfield, Gail Armstrong, Christine Chandler, Nathan P. Small, Melanie A. Stansbury) Scheduled for HOUSE TAXATION & REVENUE COMMITTEE on 2/8/2021 at 9:00 a.m.

Public comment: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84898317503


Health

Call to action. Please make public comments and share your support for the legislation below. New Mexico First is supporting these bills because of their alignment with the consensus recommendations in the New Mexico First Health-Body, Mind, and Spirit Town Hall.

HB 4 NM CIVIL RIGHTS ACT (Georgene Louis, Brian Egolf, Joseph Cervantes) Re-scheduled for HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE on 2/8/2021 at 1:30 p.m.

Public comment: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89543370073


Good Governance

Call to action. Please make public comments and share your support for the legislation below. New Mexico First is supporting this bill because of a New Mexico First convened a redistricting task force that developed recommendations to present to N.M. Legislature on redistricting rules and processes.

HB 211 REDISTRICTING ACT (Rebecca Dow, Kelly K. Fajardo, Joy Garratt, Natalie Figueroa, Georgene Louis) Scheduled for HOUSE STATE GOVERNMENT, ELECTIONS & INDIAN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE on 2/8/2021 at 8:30 a.m.

Public comment: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89283197941


Broadband Access and Equity and Economic Development

Call to action. Please make public comments and share your support for the legislation below. New Mexico First is supporting this bill because of alignment with the consensus recommendations developed at New Mexico First town halls on education, (2018) economic development, (2016), and health (2020).

HB 38 PAID FAMILY & MEDICAL LEAVE ACT (Christine Chandler, Patricia Roybal Caballero, Linda Serrato) Scheduled for HOUSE COMMERCE & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE on 2/8/2021 at 1:30 p.m.

Public comment: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82162614729

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