The New Mexico Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 15 – Redistricting Committee. SB15 Sponsor Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Bernalillo) made one amendment related to timing but didn’t at this point adopt any additional changes being recommended by members of the New Mexico Redistricting Task Force. According to a news release, the current legislation disenfranchises Native Americans and Independent voters. SB15 is now headed to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Related legislation, House Bill 211 sponsored by Representative Rebecca Dow (R- Grant, Hidalgo & Sierra), may be on the schedule to be heard in the House Judiciary Committee later this week.
RedistrictNM.org has created an online petition calling on the legislature to Amend SB15 to address many of the concerns raised by the New Mexico First Redistricting Task Force.
The House Judiciary Committee has HB211 Redistricting Act on the calendar for 3/4/21. The bill's lead sponsors are Representative Rebecca Dow and Representative Natalie Figueroa. Additional cosponsors include Representative Kelly K. Fajardo, Representative Joy Garratt, and Representative Georgene Louis.
The legislation wass shaped by insights from the New Mexico Registering Task Force.
Learn more about HB211.
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