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Reflections on 2019 Session & What We Do Next

While 2019 has certainly been more productive than the past 8-10 sessions; we've seen some very good bills pass and some very good bills die. We clearly have more to do. This post reflects on what happened and describes the next steps for Retake and hopefully for you. Continue reading


We report on the progress of our MUST PASS bills and also shed light on some of the most important bills among our bills. We also weigh in on SB 489, Energy Transfer Act. This bill will be heard on Saturday in Senate Conservation. Between now and then, I am hopeful that those supporting the bill can meet with those who have concerns, including the PRC and its Commissioners.  Continue reading

Roundhouse Roundup & Preview of Next Week

Things have heated up considerably. On Friday we had four MUST PASS bills being heard in four different 8 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. hearings followed by two afternoon hearings with two more of our MUST PASS bills being heard. And then on Saturday, we had another two hearings for MP bills. While all that was going on, interminable GOP-generated debate and childish filibuster tactics extended floor votes on gun violence prevention, abortion, minimum wage and other important bills. Things are getting testy between GOP and Dem leadership. But the big news of the week is the introduction of four energy bills: SB 489 Energy Transition Act (AKA securitization), SB 492 a competing (and far better) securitization bill; SB 374 Local Choice Energy; and SB 459 Hydraulic Fracturing Permits and Reporting, a four year pause on the issuance of fracking permits statewide.  Battle lines are being drawn.   Continue reading

Feb. 5 Roundhouse Roundup

Today's Roundhouse Roundup provides details on SB 459, a proposed four-year statewide fracking moratorium introduced Monday by Sen. Sedillo Lopez. We also report on how Retake is using its one-page bill summaries to counter misinformation being used by lobbyists and the GOP to oppose our bills. We have now finalized our MUST PASS bill list, at least  for now. We  also report on how Public Regulation Commission just may have put a halt to Securitization. Finally, we provide a link to Retake's post today that refutes the gas and oil industry association testimony yesterday extolling the benefits of fracking and information about an ABQ Green New Deal Town Hall with Rep. Deb Haaland.  Click here to continue reading. Continue reading

Roundhouse Update

Today's Roundhouse Roundup includes an Action Alert for tomorrow on SJR-1 Permanent Funds for Early Childhood. It was just announced minutes ago. We also include anupdate on last week and a look ahead. Momentum is clear: Network membership continues to grow and we are developing teams that are working to expand our impact with members in Santa Fe and throughout New Mexico. Today we bring you up to date on Roundhouse activity, reflect on how far we've come from 2016, offer a taste of the good things coming, and provide a link to an extraordinary video of one of the most inspiring speeches I've ever seen. Continue reading