2020 Priority Bills

Below are the 30+ bills we identified as priorities for the 2020 Legislative Session. The bill number links to the bill at nmlegis.gov. The title links to our bill summary. The Final Status identifies the fate of each bill, if it passed, died, and where it died. Bills in green font passed, bills in red died.

If you're looking for info about the Fate of our 2019 Bills, go to this link.


Title (click for talking points)

Final Status

HB 7 /SB 5

Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Act. Would allow a court to order removal of weapons it if determines that there is an imminent threat of violence.

 HB 7 never moved in House Committees. This was a deliberate decision not to waste time debating two identical bills.

SB 5 barely passed on the Senate Floor 22:20, with Democratic Sens. Sanchez, Martinez, Ramos, & Smith voting "no." It passed the full House 39:31. 
On to the Governor.

HB 9   /SB 80

Community Solar Act. HB 9 is the community solar bill that will be considered in this session, and we feel it is the best of these three bills.

HB 9 Passed House Energy, Environment & Natural Resources. On Feb 11, House Appropriations & Finance "pulled" the bill from its agenda, and it died on the House Floor 28:36. To lose this badly, lots of Dems. voted no. Look for our 2020 Report Card to find out who.

We didn't support SB 80 but it passed in Senate Conservation and died unheard in Senate Finance.

HB 14 / SB 323

Opportunity Scholarship Act. HB 14 would provide scholarships for up to four years of college for recent NM high school graduates and up to two years for older, returning students. It establishes a scholarship fund and regular annual appropriations of $35M. The Opportunity Scholarship would cover all tuition and compulsory fees. The original version was removed from the House Budget forcing the administration to revise the bill, as described in our summary.

Passed House Education Committee Feb 11. Died, unheard in House Appropriations & Finance.

SB 323 passed Senate Education 5:2 on Feb 12 but died unheard in Senate Finance

However, $17M was earmarked in this year's budget for the Opportunity Scholarship. A win, but half the funding requested by the Governor.

HB 25

Pregnant Worker Accommodation ActAmends the Human Rights Act to prohibit unlawful discrimination on grounds of pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions.

HB 25 passed House Labor, Veterans and Military Affairs, passed House Judiciary. It then passed unanimously 65-0 on House Floor. Passed Senate Public Affairs, passed Senate Judiciary and passed on the Senate Floor 41:0. On to the Governor.

HB 65

School Based Health Clinics and Funding Would provide $1 million to expand the number of school-based health clinics in NM. 

HB 65 passed House Health & Human Services on Jan. 27. It was tabled by request of the sponsor in House Appropriations & Finance on Feb. 6 and was never reintroduced.  

HB 99 / HM 9

Renewable Energy Investment. HM 9 would direct the state to create a strategic plan for investing in renewable generation, storage and transmission while HB 99 would provide $50,000 to fund the planning process.

HB 99 passed House Energy, Environment & Natural Resources and died, unheard in House Appropriations and Finance. 

HM 9 passed House Energy, Environment & Natural Resources and House Floor 50:18. On to the Governor.

HB 100

Health Insurance Exchange Changes. Sponsored by Reps. Deborah Armstrong and Micaela Lara Cadena,HB 100 specifies additional duties for the Health Insurance Exchange Board of Directors. It creates standardized gold, silver, and bronze health plans for purchase by individuals and small businesses. The bill would protect the NM Health Insurance Exchange in case the ACA is repealed or ruled unconstitutional.

HB 100 passed House Health & Human Services and then House Judiciary Feb 5. Passed House floor 44:23.  Passed Senate Public Affairs and Senate Finance, and on the Senate Floor 28:14.
On to the Governor.


Increase Working Families Tax Credit This would raise the Working Families Tax Credit to 30% for a family with children under age 6 and to 20% for all others.

Passed House Labor, Veterans & Military Affairs. Passed along party lines in House Tax & Revenue. Passed on House Floor 45:23. Died unheard in Senate Finance.

HB 160
/SB 115

Cannabis Regulation Act.  This bill would legalize recreational marijuana. 

SB 115 passed on party lines in Senate Public Affairs on the third day of session. Tabled by Senate Judiciary and never heard.

HB 160 assigned to House Commerce & Economic Development but was never heard.

HB 166

Healthy Soil Program FundingHB 166 calls for an increase of $300,000 in the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s (NMDA) budget for the Healthy Soil Program.

HB 166 passed House Ag. & Water Resources Feb 6. Never heard in House Appropriation & Finance.

Funding was allocated in the State Budget: $127K annually on top of $100K allocated in 2019; plus $200K to build capacity in Soil & Water Conservation Districts

HB 173

Gas Taxes, New Funds & Distributions would impose surtaxes on gasoline and special fuels and devote the proceeds equally to the state road fund, to a new clean infrastructure fund, and to a new gas surtax low-income rebate fund. It's being called "The Next Generation Transportation Act"! 

Passed in House Taxation & Revenue. Tabled by a vote of 14-1 in House Appropriations & Finance Feb 10.

HB 201

Energy Storage System Tax Credit Changes would have provided tax credits to individuals who purchase renewable energy storage systems.

HB 201 passed along party lines in House Energy, Environment & Natural Resources. Died in House Taxation & Revenue unheard.

HB 217 / SB 2

Electric Vehicle Income Tax Credit. Provides a tax credit of $2500 when a tax payer purchases an electric vehicle. For individuals earning under $50,000 and families under $75,000 the credit is $5000.

SB 2 passed in Senate Corporations & Transportation, passed Senate Finance and barely passed on the Senate floor 19:18. Passed House Tax & Revenue, but was never called on the House Floor.  

HB 217 passed House Energy, Environment & Natural Resources. Passed House Taxation & Revenue 8:4. Passed on House Floor 40:27. Passed Senate Finance and an amended version passed the Senate Floor 23:13. Died in Conference Committee -- House did not concur with Senate amendments.

HB 223

Agriculture and Natural Resources Trust ActSponsored by Rep. Nathan Small, SB 223 would allocate $150M to establish an agricultural trust that would annually fund an array of agricultural and natural resource restoration and protection initiatives. 

HB 223 was heard in House Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, but in an unusual "non-action," the committee heard an hour presentation and comments, but didn't take a vote. It will be re-filed in 2021. 

HB 233

Energy Grid Modernization Road Map. (HB 233) directs the Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department to develop a strategic plan for energy grid modernization and to establish a competitive grant program to support implementation of eligible grid modernization projects. This is another one of the new energy bills that off NM so much promise. 

HB 233 passed House Energy, Environment &Natural Resources. Passed unanimously in House Government, Elections & Indian Affairs. Passed  House Floor 66-1. Passed in Senate Finance and the Senate Floor 42:0. On to the Governor.

HB 248 / SB 234

Water Association Infrastructure Act  creates a trust fund to assist mutual domestic water consumer associations (MDWCA) -- typically small rural and small-town systems -- not already covered by existing arrangements.

HB 248 passed in House Water &  Agricultural Resources. Died unheard in House Tax and Revenue.

SB 234 was not deemed germane.

HB 313

Car Charging Station Tax CreditHB 313 would allow a taxpayer who installs and places in service a public motor vehicle charging station in calendar years 2020 and 2021 to apply for a credit of up to seventy-five percent of the cost of the motor vehicle charging station against the taxpayer's tax liability. The total amount of HB 313 credits to be issued by the state is $25 million.

Died unheard in House Energy, Environment, & Natural Resources.

HB 357

Limit NM Unit Fund Use. This bill is very important to our rural allies in southwest NM. The bill would prohibit funding for any further Gila River diversion efforts and redirect funds to other essential water projects in the state.  

Died unheard in House Agriculture & Water Resources.


Permanent Funds for Early Childhood Education. Would increase by 1% the amount of Permanent Funds to be distributed with that 1% going to early childhood programs. 

HJR 1 passed House Commerce & Economic Development. Passed House Education and passed the House Floor 44:25 along party lines. It then passed Senate Rules only to die unheard (again) in Senate Finance.  

SB 1

Wholesale Prescription Drug Importation Act  Would allocate $350,000 to create the wholesale prescription drug importation fund for expenditure in fiscal year 2021 and subsequent fiscal years.

SB 1 passed Senate Public Affairs and Senate Finance. Passed the Senate Floor 35:0. Passed House Health & Human Services, House State Government & Indian Affairs, and the House Floor 68:0.
On to the Governor.

SB 4

Complete Count in 2020 Census . SB 4 would provide $8 million to the Department of Finance to fund contracts with counties to conduct outreach and census enrollment activities.

SB 4 passed through all Senate and House Committees and both Chamber floors--Senate 39:0, House 68:0.
Signed by the Governor

SB 24

Individual Development Account Act.  Sponsored by Senator Tallman,SB 24 will appropriate $1 million from the general fund to the Workforce Solutions Department for expenditure in fiscal year 2021 and subsequent fiscal years to carry out the provisions of the Individual Development Account Act.

  SB 24 passed Senate Public Affairs  5:1. Died unheard in Senate Finance.

SB 29


Solar Market Development Tax Credit.  Would provide tax credits for consumers installing solar power with low-income individuals receiving double the amount of the tax credit.

SB 29 passed Senate Corporations & Transportation 6:2. Passed Senate Finance and the full Senate 33:6. Passed full House 51:19.

SB 33

Study Funding of Non-Game Species ConservationSB 33 would appropriate $200,000 from the General Fund to conduct a study on potential funding mechanisms for an authority expansion of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish to include the conservation of nongame wildlife species, state-threatened and endangered species, and species with the greatest conservation need.

Passed Senate Conservation.
Died unheard in Senate Finance.

SB 57

Pet Food Fee For Neutering and Sheltering would help solve New Mexico’s dog and cat overpopulation crisis by offering low-cost, affordable access to spay/neuter services

SB 57 passed Senate Public Affairs, Senate Finance, and full Senate 27:14. Passed full House 39:22.
On to Governor.

SB 75

Wildlife Trafficking would make animal trafficking of animals in danger of extinction a crime and would impose penalties for specific acts related to animal trafficking.

SB 75 passed Senate Conservation, Senate Judiciary, and full Senate 22:9. Passed full House 47:22.
On to Governor.

SB 95

Radioactive Waste Consultation Task ForceSenate Bill 95 amends the Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Act to expand the task force’s scope to include review of federal license applications for privately operated radioactive material disposal facilities in New Mexico and evaluation of the public safety, environmental, health, infrastructure, and transportation impacts and requirements of the proposed facilities. With LANL expansion and the Holtec application, this is an important bill. 

Passed Senate Conservation and Senate Judiciary, but failed on Senate Floor 16:25 .

SB 114

Community Energy Efficiency Development Grant This is another of the excellent new energy bills for which we will be advocating strongly. SB 114 would provide funding to counties to make energy efficiency measures available in low-income households. 

Passed Senate Conservation and
died unheard in Senate Finance.

SB 134

Study Independent Redistricting Commission.  SB 134 would convene a redistricting task force to study and make recommendations on how to conduct the redistricting process following the 2020 Census. The task force would commence in late spring 2020 and make recommendations to the relevant interim legislative committee and the 2021 Legislature.

Passed Senate Rules and
died unheard in Senate Finance.

SB 182

Behavioral Health Integration Act. SB 182 creates a non-reverting fund to enable the Division of Behavioral Health Services within the Department of Health Services to develop a comprehensive community-based mental health system that will provide support services for adults diagnosed with serious mental illness and youth diagnosed with serious emotional disturbance. Funds will be used to provide targeted case management, transitional and long-term housing, and psychosocial rehabilitation and support services for the target population.

SB 182 passed Senate Public Affairs, Senate Finance, and full Senate 38:0. Died on House Floor without a vote.  

SM 9

All Payer Global Hospital Budget. An especially important bill for rural hospitals who are challenged by operating entirely on fee-for-service. The bill would allocate a minimum level of operating revenue from hospitals that would be reconciled after the end of the year. Very important bill. 

Died unheard in Senate Rules.


Bills We Supported But That Have Been Deemed NOT Germane...At Least for Now.


HB 68

Patient Safe Staffing Act. This bill has been determined not to be germane, at least for now, it is dead.

Not Germane

HB 72

Immigrant Detention Facilities Act. This bill has been determined not to be germane, at least for now, it is dead.

Not Germane

HB 81

Lower Small Loan APR Rate.This would cap small loan rates at 36%. At least for now this bill has been determined to not be germane.

Not Germane

HB 82

Increase Minimum Wage.This bill would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, include cost of living increases and raise the hourly rate of all tipped employees, At least for now this bill has been determined to not be germane.

Not Germane

HB 108

Disclosure of Personal Information by State Agencies.This bill would prevent state agencies from disclosing sensitive, personal information to Federal agencies like ICE. At least for now this bill has been determined to not be germane.

Not Germane

SB 53

Post-Session Lobbying Reports.This bill would require lobbyists to file reports after each session delineating what bills they supported and how they spent funds in support of their advocacy. 

Not Germane

HM 8

Redistricting Task Force.

Sent to House State Government, Election & Indian Affairs. We heard from multiple sources that this bill would go nowhere this session.



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  • Paul Gibson
    commented 2020-02-10 12:41:11 -0700
    In response to Charmaine, sadly all that is being done is that the Governor is pressing to get the votes needed from Dems in the Senate, but to date, she has not been able to secure that level of support. The Governor has stated that should Roe v Wade be killed, she would call a special session to reconsider HB 51 and that would be solely devoted to decriminalizing abortion in NM.
  • Charmaine O'Rourke
    commented 2020-01-30 12:45:05 -0700
    What are we doing to protect a woman’s right to choose in light of the probable attack on it in the next couple of years. I seem to remember we were trying to get some old archaic abortion bill removed from New Mexico Law. This is of utmost importance.