In just thirty short days, a lot is possible for the animals.
Next Tuesday, January 16th, the 2024 New Mexico legislative session will kick off! On even-numbered years, like this year, the session is considered a “short session,” where New Mexico lawmakers have just 30 days to conduct business.
During these short sessions, the State Constitution restricts what legislation can be considered: 1) fiscal measures (the state budget, appropriations, and revenue bills), 2) a limited number of items placed on the agenda by the Governor’s special message, and 3) bills that were vetoed in the previous session.
This restriction makes it harder to push for big change for animals across the board, but there are still a few opportunities to make a difference. State funding can lay the foundation for important animal protection infrastructure. This infrastructure has the possibility to support everyday New Mexico families as they strive to take good care of their animals, provide a strong safety net for tens of thousands of companion animals who are abused or homeless every year, and keep entire communities comprehensively healthier and safer.
Since the start of this year, more than one hundred bills have already been pre-filed, and legislation will continue to be filed until the bill introduction deadline on January 31st. As we continue preparing for this legislative session, there are still many ideas and opportunities being explored and a lot of moving parts. But in the coming weeks, we will see what efforts come to fruition and share the progress and outcomes with all of you.
After all, you play an important role throughout this process. As invaluable grassroots advocate, you can dedicate your time, energy, and voice to support 2024 legislative efforts for animals. Even before the legislative session begins, you can start getting ready. Make sure you know who your state senator and state representative are, make sure you’re signed up for APV’s timely Email Alerts, and check in on APV’s social media channels where we provide up-to-the-moment updates and calls to action on animal-related policies and funding being considered in the Roundhouse.
We know that most people care about animals. We also know that most people cannot spend every day during the legislative session at the State Capitol. That’s why we are always honored to be your voice, to carry forward your fierce compassion, and to do everything we can to empower you to speak behalf of the animals who cannot speak for themselves. Thank you for making this work possible. Onward we go!