2017 New Mexico Legislative Campaign

SB 266 - Wildlife Management Reform

Currently, the New Mexico Game Commission has the authority to regulate about 60% of the state's vertebrate species, including only 20% of mammals. SB 266 would grant the Commission authority to protect "all species of wildlife, including protected game species, furbearers, and non-game species." New Mexico is one of the most biologically diverse states in the country, and all its native species deserve legal protection.

Sponsor: Jeff Steinborn (D)
Click here to read SB 266.
Click here to read our fact sheet about SB 266.

Use the talking points below to make phone calls, write letters, and send emails to your elected officials and write letters to the editor of your local paper.

Talking points:

  • SB 266 makes it the policy of New Mexico to protect all wildlife, not just game species.
  • The bill identifies wildlife as a public trust resource shared by all.
  • The bill grants Game Commission authority to protect "all species of wildlife, including protected game species, furbearers, and non-game species.
  • Currently Commission has authority of only 60% of vertebrates, including only 20% of mammals.
  • SB 266 does not mandate that the Commission protect all wildlife, it just gives the authority to do so, so there is not necessarily a fiscal impact.
  • New Mexico is one of the most biologically diverse states, and all its species deserve legal protection.
  • Wildlife watching generates over $320 million annually in New Mexico.

1. Contact your State Representative and Senator.

Use the talking points above to email, write a letter, AND make a phone call to all your elected officials. Make sure you tell them you are a constituent of theirs. For phone calls, use their capitol number, (505) area code.

Click here to find contact information for your Representative and Senator,

2. Contact Governor Martinez.

It's not enough to pass a bill. The Governor needs to sign it. Please email, call, AND send a letter to Governor Martinez.

Phone: (505) 476-2200
Email: http://www.governor.state.nm.us/Contact_the_Governor.aspx
Mail: Office of the Governor
490 Old Santa Fe Trail
Room 400
Santa Fe, NM 87501

3. Write a letter to the editor of your paper.

Letters to the editor are a powerful tool to raise public awareness. Use the talking points above to write to your local paper.

Click here for New Mexico newspaper contact information.

4. Ask a friend, family member, or coworker to get involved.

Now that you have taken action, will you forward this web page to someone you know who might want to get involved?

Thanks for taking the time to join the grassroots effort! 

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