The 2022 regular session concluded February 17 at noon. The special session, which for some reason they're calling the '3rd Special Session', began and finished on April 5.

NM Bill Tracker Help

A few tips on things that might not be obvious:

How Do I Track a New Bill, or Stop Tracking a Bill?

There are two ways to add bills to your tracking list, or remove them from the list.

The easiest way is the All/New Bills page, which lists the titles of all the bills in the current session.. Bills you haven't seen before will be listed first, under New Bills. All other bills will be listed below the new bills.

Each bill has either a Track button (if you're not yet tracking it) or an Untrack button. Click the Track/Untrack buttons on as many bhills as you want to add or remove, then click Track/Untrack.

If you know the designation (e.g. SB1) of a specific bill you want to track, the Track bill # page lets you type in a bill designation then click Track a Bill to add it to your list. That page also shows all the bills you're tracking, so you can remove bills from your list by marking the Untrack button next to the bills you want to remove, then clicking Untrack Bills.

How Do I Find Out About New Bills?

The All/New Bills page keeps track of the bills you've seen, and will show you new bills you haven't seen yet at the top, along with bills that have had some sort of major change. Older bills are listed below that. I usually check this page daily during the session.

You can also go to the Popular Bills page, where you can get an idea of which bills other people are tracking. It's a good way to notice important bills you might not otherwise have noticed.

Can I Find Out What Happened Recently?

On the home screen when you're logged in, click on Sort by: [Recent Action] (to the upper right of your bill list).. You'll see your bill list sorted so that bills that changed yesterday are listed first. The Status of each bill should tell you what happened to it.

Unfortunately, this isn't always reliable: bills on the legislative website aren't always updated promptly, so the most recent action may not be shown yet, or may be shown with the wrong date.

Clicking Sort by: [Status] will go back to the normal sort order, where bills scheduled to be discussed today are listed first.

The Active Bills view isn't as easy as just having a list of all the actions yesterday, including bills that were scheduled yesterday but got no action. If anyone knows a way to get that information from the legislative website, please let me know. There doesn't seem to be any way of seeing committee reports, either, or minutes of the House or Senate floor sessions.

Sort by: [Passed] sorts your bill list to prioritize bills that have passed, are signed or chaptered. It's most useful after the session has ended.

Can I Look at Bills from Past Sessions?

Look for the change session link in the yellow toolbar at the top of any BillTracker page. Whatever session you choose will be remembered until you change back to the current one.

How Do I Advocate For or Against a Bill?

The LWVNM Action Page keeps up-to-date information on how to watch committee meetings and House and Senate proceedings, and how to speak for or against a bill you care about.

Beware: the bill list and schedule shown on a committee's page may be out of date, and schedules can change at any time. The PDF calendars seem to be updated more frequently. If you don't see the committee you're after on that page, it may be listed under House Committee Schedule or Senate Committee Schedule. And even then, committees tend to juggle the order of bills rather than following the schedule.

If you just want to view a committee hearing and not speak, you can watch ongoing hearings or access recorded hearings through sliq.net. Be aware that with sliq, you won't be able to vote for or against a bill, so if you feel strongly about a bill, joining with Zoom is recommended.

On the House and Senate floors, the "Third Reading" is when bills are discussed and voted on. There's also a "Temporary Calendar". The BillTracker lists bills as listed as scheduled if they're on either the Third Reading or the Temporary Calendar list, since they could come up either way.

What Do All Those Weird Terms Mean in a Bill's Status?

If you mouse over the Status field, you'll see a popup with an expanded explanation of the bill's actions so far.

Some of the abbreviations are explained in Action Abbreviations" or Glossary, but here are a few that aren't explained clearly:

Chaptered
Signed by the Governor and given a "chapter number"
Not Printed
Ruled "not germane" in a 30-day session, so the bill is dead
Signed
May mean it's signed by one or both houses, not the governor. But some legislation doesn't require the Governor's signature.

Decoding a bill's status is a real art. For instance, a status might say something like:
SCORC/SJC-SCORC [15] DNP-CS/DP-SJC [21] DP/a - PASSED/S (40-0) [12] HHHC-HHHC [13] DP/a [15] PASSED/H (59-0) [24] s/cncrd SGND BY GOV (Apr. 3) Ch.227.code>

Translation:
SCORC/SJC-SCORC The bill started in the SCORC (Senate Corporations & Transportation) committee, with a referral to SJC (Senate Judiciary Committee) afterward.
[15] DNP-CS/DP-SJC On legislative day 15, it was given a Do Not Pass recommendation, but a Do Pass recommendation on Committee Substitution, which means the committee made suggested amendments to the bill, then it was passed to SJC.
[21] DP/a - PASSED/S (40-0) On day 21, SJC passed it, and then the Senate passed it 40-0.
[12] HHHC-HHHC [13] DP/a Meanwhile, in the House, the companion bill moved on day 12 to HHHC (House Health and Human Services Committee), which on day 13 recommended a Do Pass with Amendments (DP/a).
[15] PASSED/H (59-0) On day 15, the bill passed 59-0 in the House.
[24] s/cncrd SGND BY GOV (Apr. 3) Ch.227 On day 24, the Senate concurred (with the House amendments), and the bill was signed by the Governor.

For a list of these abbreviations, including the committee abbreviations, see NMLegis' Action Abbreviations.

Can I use the Bill Tracker Without Creating an Account?

The main purpose of the Bill Tracker is to keep an eye on your specific list of bills, and most of its pages don't make sense without that. But the All Bills page is available without logging in, offering links to every bill filed in the current session along with links to the bill's page on NMLEGIS and the text (contents) of the bill. Of course, if you're not logged in, the page won't keep track of which bills are new to you.

How Do I Add, Remove or Change My Email Address?

You can change your password or email address in Settings. Email addresses must be confirmed: you will get an email from nmbilltracker.org with a confirmation code. You won't receive any email alerts until you confirm the email address, though you can still use the Bill Tracker.

If you no longer want to receive email alerts, you can clear your email address.

NMLEGIS Links Open in a New Tab

Most links on the Bill Tracker to a bill, committee or legislator will open in a new tab, so your Bill Tracker page is still available.

Helpful Links

The Links page has links I've found useful for following the legislative session. For instance, for committees that don't list their schedules on the committee's page, you can find a list of all committee calendars, as well as the House and Senate calendars, on the Links page.

Many of the links go to the League of Women Voters of New Mexico website. The Bill Tracker is not an official LWV project, but it is run by the LWVNM webmaster with cooperation from the League.

Other Questions?

If there's something you find confusing in the Bill Tracker that you think should be documented here, contact Akkana.