Despite hundreds of calls and emails from conservationists across the state, Gov. Martinez failed to sign SB 391, which would have extended New Mexico’s solar tax credit. This after it passed both the House and Senate with bipartisan support.
Yet again, Gov. Martinez’s veto of SB 391 shows that she is out of step with the values of New Mexicans. The recent bipartisan Conservation in the West poll found that 62% of New Mexicans view renewable energy industries as one of the most important to the state’s future economy.
Tell Gov. Martinez that you expect her to support solar energy and all the environmental and health benefits that it provides to all New Mexicans. Tell her that you’re disappointed in her veto of SB 391.
Anti-Conservation Legislation Defeated in 2015 New Mexico Legislature
Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) advocated for or against 89 bills at the Roundhouse during the 2015 New Mexico legislative session. CVNM and our allies successfully defeated 100% of the anti-conservation bills that attacked common-sense laws that protect our families and communities for the 11th year in a row.
CVNM and our allies in the Environmental Alliance of New Mexico joined together to successfully pass an eight-year extension of the solar development tax credit. SB 391, sponsored by Sen. Stewart is critical to advancing development of solar energy in our state. This tax credit has proven to be successful, assisting the booming local industry to grow 73% from 2012 to 2013, for a total of 1,900 solar jobs in New Mexico. Solar energy reduces air and water pollution, improves public health and creates jobs.
There were many attacks on New Mexico’s air, land and water this session. These fights were buried under some of the more visible battles happening in the legislature.
Of note, there was a disturbing trend of legislation that attempted to give Gov. Martinez and her administration absolute authority over issues that affect the health of New Mexicans and wildlife. Each of these measures were defeated.