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The 55th Legislature
The New Mexico state legislature is comprised of 42 senators and 70 representatives, for a total of 112 members. The Senate began the 2022 legislative session with 28 Democrats and 14 Republicans and the House of Representatives includes 24 Republicans, 45 Democrats, and 1 Decline to State.
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Our representatives meet in January and February each year for the legislative session. A legislature in New Mexico, such as the 55th Legislature, consists of two sessions split into two-year cycles. In odd-numbered years, legislators convene for a long session of 60 days. In even-numbered years, they meet for a short session of 30 days.
During a short session, only budget matters and issues approved by the governor may be considered. New Mexico legislative sessions are among the shortest in the country.
New Mexico is one of only a handful of states that has a “citizen legislature,” meaning that our legislators do not receive a salary for their service. Most hold jobs outside of their work as public officials.
In fact, our state constitution prohibits any monetary compensation other than a modest allowance for mileage and expenses for attending sessions and interim committee meetings.
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CVNM’s 2022 Legislative Agenda
Priorities for the Round House.
CVNM and CVNM Education Fund are working in partnership with communities to push leaders at all levels of state government to stabilize our budget, ensure a fairer economy and advocate for clean air, land and water.
This session, CVNM worked to …
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We are committed to creating long-term change by working with communities to address environmental issues impacting their health and quality of life. We do this by bringing community members together to work on policy solutions, providing skills-building trainings and resources, organizing public events and connecting activists with decision-makers.