Tell the Roundhouse What You Want!

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* 1. This survey allows you to voice your priorities for New Mexico legislation in 2019. It will take 10 - 15 minutes to complete. It will let you send a powerful message to your elected representatives. You will tell them what YOU want!

Survey responses will be used to vet 2018 New Mexico candidates, focus lobbying efforts during the 2019 NM Legislative session, and hold our elected representatives accountable. With your voice and the voices of thousands of New Mexicans, we will be able to show legislators how many New Mexicans from their district support each bill.

These priorities were developed with advice and guidance from many progressive non-profit advocacy groups like Common Cause, 350 NM, Sierra Club, Conservation Voters of New Mexico, and NM Voices for Children. New Mexico Democratic House and Senate leadership have expressed appreciation for our collaborative approach. Every bill was introduced in the 2017 Session (so the bill numbers below are from that session and will change in 2019). If we work together, every bill could become law in 2019.

Please share this survey with others and encourage them to complete it. The 2019 New Mexico Legislative Priority Survey will become more powerful with every voice. It’s time to tell your representatives what you want!

To view more complete descriptions of the bills, click here. 

One of the last questions in the survey asks you to identify the five bills that are your highest priority. As you take the poll it may be helpful to jot down the bills that you know are important to you.

To begin please rate the following Criminal Justice bills on how important they are to you:

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Isolated Confinement Act – Prohibits solitary confinement for any inmate under 18, for individuals with an established mental health diagnosis, and for pregnant women after the first five days of confinement. (HB 242, SB 185)
Sex Assault Kit Police Crime Lab - Appropriates state funds for a municipal police department crime lab to process sexual assault examination kits in a timely manner and to eliminate the current backlog. (SB 7)
No Firearms for those Subject to Orders of Protection -  Provides that those subject to a restraining order resulting from domestic abuse forfeit possession of all firearms and refrain from purchase or possession of firearms. (SB 259)

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* 2. Rate the following Economic Justice bills on how important they are to you:

  Strongly Support Support Neutral Oppose Strongly Oppose
Increase Minimum Wage – gradually increases state minimum wage from $7.50 to $10.10 over a three year period and provides for a yearly increase according to a formula that calculates cost of living (COLA). (HB 67)
Small Loan Interest Caps (Pay Day Loans) – Provides protections for payday loan consumers and limits interest rates to 36% on loans under $5000. It also limits penalties for late payments. (HB 26 & SB 15) 

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* 3. Rate the following Education bills on how important they are to you:

  Strongly Support Support Neutral Oppose Strongly Oppose
Permanent Funds for Early Childhood - If approved by voters in a statewide referendum, the state constitution would require the Land Grant Permanent Fund (LGPF) to provide additional yearly distributions of 1 percent from the fund to educational and early childhood educational (ECE) services starting in fiscal year 2020. (HJR 1)
Innovations in Teaching Act - Reduces the degree to which standardized testing results are used in teacher evaluations and gives teachers flexibility to experiment with approaches to better serve students. (HB 105)

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* 4. Rate the following Election Reform bills on how important they are to you:

  Strongly Support Support Neutral Oppose Strongly Oppose
Campaign Finance Fixes - Requires informal campaign organizations prohibited from coordinating with a candidate to disclose their identity and the location of actions taken. Exposes last minute ‘hit piece’ sources. (SB 96)
Driver’s License Automatic Voter Registration - Requires the MVD to automatically provide information of all driver’s license or ID applicants to county clerks for voter registration unless applicants opt out. (HB 28)
Independent Commission to Conduct Redistricting - Creates an independent redistricting commission to lead to more representative State and Congressional districts and eliminate gerrymandering. (HJR 3)

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* 5. Rate the following Energy bills on how important they are to you:

  Strongly Support Support Neutral Oppose Strongly Oppose
Renewable Energy Requirements for Utilities – Requires that by 2025, renewable energy increase to 35% of energy
sales by investor-owned utilities in NM, increasing to 50% in 2030 and 80% in 2040, and provides reporting and oversight guidelines. (SB 312)
Community Solar Gardens Act – Enables a community, business or other organization to build their own energy generation facility, up to 10 MW, and allows individuals to subscribe for a share of the electricity. (SB 342/HB338)
Oil & Gas Act Powers & Penalties - Stipulates fines of up to $10,000 per day, per violation for unlawful discharge of contaminants under the Oil and Gas Act. Makes willing violation a 3rd degree felony and gives authority to the Oil Conservation Division to impose penalties rather than relying on the AG to file a lawsuit. (SB 307)

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* 6. Rate the following Tax and Revenue bills on how important they are to you:

  Strongly Support Support Neutral Oppose Strongly Oppose
New Top Income Tax Bracket - Creates a new tax bracket for the highest earning households in New Mexico, with a marginal rate of 5.9% (currently 4.9%) on income over $306,667 (single filer), $460,000 (married filing jointly), or $230,000 (married filing separately). The bill would generate $27 million annually. (HB 201)
Taxation of Internet Sales Act – Requires imposition and collection of sales tax for online businesses. Addresses the unfair advantage of online businesses over NM businesses and creates additional tax revenue. (SB 264)
Cannabis Revenue & Freedom Act - Establishes a framework for legalizing the recreational purchase of marijuana by individuals 21 and over. (SB 278, HB 89)

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* 7. Rate the following Water and Land Use bills on how important they are to you:

  Strongly Support Support Neutral Oppose Strongly Oppose
Inter-basin Water Right Transfer Requirement -Strengthens the laws governing the diversion of water from the basin of origin in order to limit diversion of water from agriculture to urban or other developments. (HB 418)
Agricultural Land Valuations Act - Creates a specific land valuation method for land previously used for agriculture, and provides for recapture of tax savings if the land is developed for other purposes. (SB 350)

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* 8. Rate the following Wildlife Protection bills on how important they are to you:

  Strongly Support Support Neutral Oppose Strongly Oppose
Prohibit Coyote-Killing Contests - Makes it a misdemeanor to organize, sponsor, arrange, or hold a coyote-killing contest for prizes or entertainment and a petty misdemeanor to participate in one. (SB 268)
NM Wildlife Protection & Public Safety Act – Makes illegal the use of poison or traps on public lands that could injure or kill the public or their pets, except specific contexts, including traditional forms of hunting or fishing. (SB 286)
Wildlife Trafficking Act - Criminalizes the trafficking of protected or threatened animal species, parts, and products and provides for penalties. Allows NM law enforcement to take action independent of federal agents. (SB 81)

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* 9. Rate the following LGBTQ Rights bills on how important they are to you:

  Strongly Support Support Neutral Oppose Strongly Oppose
Safe Schools for All Students Act - Directs the Public Education Department to develop rules that require school districts to develop and implement bullying prevention programs. (SB 115)
Vital Record Sex Designation - Allows an individual to change the sexual identification stipulated in birth records. (SB 120)

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* 10. Rate the following Healthcare and Women's Rights bills on how important they are to you:

  Strongly Support Support Neutral Oppose Strongly Oppose
Health Security Act - Creates universal access to healthcare in NM to contain healthcare costs for consumers and ensure timely, affordable access to effective healthcare statewide.  HB 101, SB 172
Tribal Local Native American Health Needs - Would appropriate $700 thousand from the general fund to the Department of Health to fund tribal health councils’ identification of local communities’ health needs and development of strategies to address those needs pursuant to the Maternal and Child Health Plan Act. (HB 150, SB 33)
Health Coverage for Contraception - Mandates coverage of contraception by health plans operating in the NM health exchange. Provides guidelines for delivery and prescriptions. HB 284
Pregnant Worker Accommodation Act - Prohibits discrimination in employment related to pregnancy or childbirth. Requires employers to provide related reasonable accommodations to applicants or employees. HB 179

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* 11. Rate the following Immigration bills on how important they are to you:

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No Local Enforcement of Federal Immigration Law - Prohibits the use or acceptance of state or federal funds, equipment, personnel or resources to help find or apprehend undocumented people. (HB 116)
No State Land for Border Wall – Prohibits the use of state lands for the construction of a border wall between New Mexico and Mexico. (HB 292)

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* 12. Please share with us with what Party you are registered or if you are not registered to vote.

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* 13. Please choose your top five priorities from the list below, with 1 being your first priority:

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Isolated Confinement Act
Sex Assault Kit Police Crime Lab
No Firearms for those Subject to Orders of Protection
Increase Minimum Wage
Small Loan Interest Caps
Permanent Funds for Early Childhood
Innovations in Teaching Act
Campaign Finance Fixes
Drivers License Automatic Voter Registration
Independent Commission to Conduct Redistricting
Renewable Energy Requirements for Utilities
Community Solar Gardens Act
Oil and Gas Act Powers and Penalties
New Top Income Tax Bracket
Taxation of Internet Sales Act
Cannabis Revenue and Freedom Act
Inter-basin Water Right Transfer Requirement
Agricultural Land Valuations Act
Prohibit Coyote Killing Contests
NM Wildlife Protection and Public Safety Act
Wildlife Trafficking Act
Safe Schools for All Students Act
Vital Record Sex Designation
Health Security Act
Tribal Local Native American Health Needs
Health Coverage for Contraception
Pregnant Worker Accommodation Act
No Local Enforcement of Federal Immigration Law
No State Land for Border Wall

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* 16. Please provide the following contact information. Your contact information will remain confidential and will be used only to share survey results and related follow up actions with you. (Phone number optional)

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* 17. As follow up (please select all that apply):

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* 18. Please share any input you have about the bills or our plans for the survey's use. Also let us know anything about your potential involvement or interest in participating:

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