New Mexico First Blog

New State Water Plan open for public comment

Important announcement: the draft 2018 State Water Plan has been released by the Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) and the Office of the State Engineer (OSE) for public comment. Although New Mexico First is not the author of this document, we highly encourage people who care about New Mexico’s water future to review the plan and submit comments. The draft plan has three parts – a policy section, a technical report and a legal landmarks summary. The comment period is open until August 10. Both the DRAFT State Water Plan and Comment Form  are available online.

In the 2014 New Mexico First Town Hall on water, participants advocated to strengthen and continue the state water planning process. Accordingly, New Mexico First has supported these latest water planning efforts by organizing a State Water Planning Town Hall in December 2017. This town hall provided the ISC with public input before the draft plan was developed. Given the importance of this work to our state, we sincerely hope you will your offer comments on this new plan.


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2018 Legislative Session

The legislative session is underway, and New Mexico First is actively following economy, water, agriculture and education policy. We are supporting legislation that aligns with town hall recommendations from the Statewide Town Hall on Water (2014) , the Statewide Town Hall on Economic Vitality (2016)and the Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture Strategic Plan (Ag Plan).  ..

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2017 Legislative Session Policy Victories

Now that the 2017 Legislative Session has concluded, and as of Friday the Governor has completed her signing deadline, New Mexico First is pleased to announce that your voice for smart, bipartisan policy played an influential role in this year’s session. Our public policy organization promotes recommendations developed by citizens during our town halls and forums. This year, New Mexico First supported or informed legislative efforts on economy, ethics reform, water and education.  ..

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Legislation advances on cliff effects, broadband and agriculture

The New Mexico First team has been busy in Santa Fe, with major advancement on three pieces of legislation and steady progress on several others. ..

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Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture Regional Meetings

New Mexico First will host Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture Regional Meetings! Register today!

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What do YOU think is the most urgent issue facing New Mexico?

Help us select the topic for the 2016 statewide town hall by taking a quick survey on the important issues confronting our state. As a citizen you know what is important in your community, and we need your advice!

Click here  to take the 3 minute survey. We appreciate your input!

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to read more about our last town hall!  ..

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Bill that protects “grown in New Mexico” passes committees in House and Senate

Centennial Town Hall participants recommended that our state support existing industries, and brand products as made or grown in New Mexico.  The chile advertising act (SB234) addresses that goal and it passed yesterday in the Senate Conservation Committee. The companion bill (HB238) passed the House Agriculture Committee earlier this month. The act would close a loophole that currently allows out-of-state or out-of-nation chile growers to brand their produce in a misleading way (such as marketing it as “Hatch Green Chile” if the product is grown elsewhere). At least one town hall participant attended yesterday’s hearing. Special thanks to Representative Rudy Martinez and Senator George Muñoz for sponsoring the bills.  ..

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