Hurry up and wait – that is what it’s like in this third week of the session… We know we have lots of hearings coming up, but they aren’t scheduled yet. So we are having conversations with Legislators and other advocates, preparing talking points and research and continuing to let folks know about our upcoming scorecard, the NM GPA.
Wednesday has a little something for good government.
Tomorrow morning, Wednesday, February 1, in the Senate Rules committee we have one of our priority bills, SB 97 Public Campaign Financing, on the agenda!
This bill will improve New Mexico’s existing system of public campaign financing. New Mexico currently has three systems for public financing of campaigns: the Public Regulation Commission, Court of Appeals and the NM Supreme Court. On June 27, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed the constitutionality of public campaign financing in the Arizona Free Enterprise v. Bennett decision.
The ruling, however, struck down one mechanism used in some public financing programs, including New Mexico's Voter Action Act. While the current bill does not address what was struck down as far as matching funds, it does prohibit candidates who run unopposed from receiving more than 10% of the public funding available to them, and also prohibits the use of campaign funds for living expenses or compensation to the candidate or candidate’s family.
Other good governance bills that are coming up this week:
Click on the link for the committee and you will find the agenda, committee members, links for bills, analysis of bills and what committees they have been assigned to – as well as sponsors and co-sponsors.
- HB 120 Disqualification of Presidential Electors
- HB 119 Prohibition Period for Candidate Contributions
And there will be lots more coming up soon – was hoping for today but now looking to tomorrow.