New Mexico First’s legislative platform comes from consensus‐driven town hall deliberations. The two‐day statewide town halls are typically comprised
of 200 or more people representing urban, rural and tribal communities. Participants include students, parents, educators, nonprofit and business professionals,
and government officials. New Mexico First is pleased to advance high priority legislation that is based on the 2018 higher ed town hall recommendations and the 2016 economy town hall recommendations. Additionally,
New Mexico First supports legislation that is based on the Ag Plan. The plan was developed as the result of the Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture project that began in 2016 to address unprecedented challenges to
the health of the industry. Track legislation with us! Download our legislative priorities brief.
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.
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). ..
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. ..
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. ..
New Mexico First will host Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture Regional Meetings! Register today!
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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read more about our last town hall! ..
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.