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>>EVERY LEGISLATIVE SESSION
IS PIVOTAL BUT THIS YEAR’S 60-DAY SESSION FEELS EVEN MORE
MONUMENTAL. THERE IS NEW LEADERSHIP IN THE
GOVERNOR’S OFFICE. THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS
CONTROL OF NOT ONLY THE GOVERNORSHIP BUT ALSO
BOLSTERED ITS COMMAND OF BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE. AND, THERE IS ROUGHLY A
1.2 BILLION-DOLLAR BUDGET SURPLUS TO DOLE OUT. DOES THAT LEAVE OXYGEN IN THE
ROOM FOR LAWMAKERS TO DEAL WITH ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES THIS
YEAR.>>LAURA PASKUS WENT SEARCHING
FOR ANSWERS. IN THIS MONTH’S OUR LAND
SEGMENT, SHE SITS DOWN WITH TWO KEY LAWMAKERS TO FIND OUT.>>SENATOR PETER WIRTH,
REPRESENTATIVE GAIL ARMSTRONG, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE
TODAY. SO, WITH THE 2019 LEGISLATIVE
SESSION ABOUT TO KICK OFF LATER THIS MONTH, WE ARE GOING
TO BE SEEING SOME BILLS ON THE ENVIRONMENT THIS YEAR, RIGHT?>>NO QUESTION. LOTS OF THINGS IN THE PIPELINE
AND WITH THE EXTRAORDINARY ENERGY REVOLUTION HAPPENING IN
OUR STATE ON SO MANY DIFFERENT FRONTS AND OBVIOUSLY THE NEED
TO ADDRESS LOTS OF OVERSIGHT REGULATORY ISSUES, THERE IS
GOING TO BE A LOT OF CHANGES, A NEW GOVERNOR LEADING THE
WAY.>>SO, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE
TOP ISSUES ON THE ENVIRONMENT THAT YOU SEE WE’LL TALK ABOUT
IN THE LEGISLATURE THIS YEAR?>>A COUPLE THINGS. ONE FOR SURE IS ENERGY AND
RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARDS, SOMETHING THAT GOVERNOR LUJAN
GRISHAM RAN ON. I THINK SHE IS THINKING 30% —
EXCUSE ME 50% BY 2030 AND THEN POTENTIALLY UP TO 80% AT A
CERTAIN DATE. AND SO HOW THAT WORKS AND WHAT
IT LOOKS LIKE WILL BE IN THE MIX. ON THE WATER FRONT, THE BIG
NEED TO HAVE POLICY DIRECTION. OBVIOUSLY TEXAS VERSUS NEW
MEXICO, THE LAWSUIT THAT HAS US IN THE U.S. SUPREME COURT,
IS A VERY SCARY THING THAT EVERYONE OUT THERE SHOULD KNOW
ABOUT. LOTS OF RISK TO OUR STATE BUT
I THINK IT IS TIME TO BE PROACTIVE WHEN IT COMES TO
PLANNING, TO FIND OUT EXACTLY WHAT IS OUT THERE IN TERMS OF
THE WATER RESOURCES WE HAVE AND THEN PLAN FOR THE FUTURE. THAT IS SOMETHING THE
INTERSTATE STREAM COMMISSION IS TASKED WITH DOING. I AM GOING TO AGAIN CARRY A
BILL THIS SESSION TO RESTRUCTURE THE INTERSTATE
STREAM COMMISSION TO BROADEN THE MAKEUP OF THE BOARD AND TO
TRY AND HAVE THE LEGISLATURE BE INVOLVED IN APPOINTMENTS. ONE THING WE HAVE SEEN OVER
THE YEARS IS WATER POLICY CHANGING WITH THE NEW
ADMINISTRATION THAT COMES IN AND THAT IS NOT A GOOD PLACE. IT SHOULD NOT BE GOING BACK
AND FORTH. IT SHOULD BE SOMETHING THAT IS
STEADY AND FOCUSED AND DOESN’T DEPEND ON THE POLITICAL
POSITION OF THE CURRENT GOVERNOR. WE’LL WORK ON THAT FOR SURE.>>REPRESENTATIVE ARMSTRONG,
ARE THERE A FEW BILLS THAT YOU HAVE YOUR EYE ON FOR THIS
SESSION RELATED TO THE ENVIRONMENT?>>WELL, THERE IS A COUPLE. THERE ARE SEVERAL ISSUES
COMING FORTH EXACTLY LIKE SENATOR WIRTH SAID WITH THE
ENVIRONMENTAL, WHOLE RENEWABLE ENERGY MOVEMENT IN NEW MEXICO
THAT I AM EXCITED ABOUT. ALSO, A LITTLE APPREHENSIVE. THERE IS A HAPPY MEDIUM WE CAN
MEET WHERE EVERYONE CAN HOPEFULLY GET ON BOARD AND
WITH OIL AND GAS AND RENEWABLES WE CAN FIND THAT
HAPPY MEDIUM.>>WHEN IT COMES TO RENEWABLE
ENERGY, WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR CONCERNS OR WHAT IS THE
BALANCE THAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR.>>THE BALANCE FOR ME IS, YOU
KNOW, I LIVE IN RURAL NEW MEXICO. THE WIND TURBINES THAT COME
THROUGH, THE WHOLE LINE WILL BE ON RANCHERS PRIVATE LAND
AND SOME OF IT ON STATE AND FEDERAL LANDS, BUT THE
RANCHERS LIVE IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE FOR A REASON. AND WHEN THEY ARE APPROACHED
TO GET THE TURBINES, SOME ARE HAPPY AND SOME GIVE SOME
PUSHBACK SO THERE IS A HAPPY MEDIUM WE NEED TO MEET THERE
AND I AM ENCOURAGED TO BE PART OF TRYING TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN
IN A REASONABLE WAY.>>SO, OIL AND GAS IS A HUGE
PART OF OR ECONOMY BUT IT ALSO COMES WITH PROBLEMS. A FEW YEARS AGO THERE WAS A
PUSH TO, IN THE LEGISLATURE FOR THE STATE TO BE ABLE TO
LEVY FINES AGAINST COMPANIES AND HOLD COMPANIES
ACCOUNTABLE. DO YOU SEE ANYTHING LIKE THAT
IN THE SESSION THIS YEAR? ARE THERE ANY OIL AND GAS
RELATED BILLS SPECIFICALLY? DO YOU WANT TO START?>>I AM HAPPY TO AND I THINK
THAT IS PENALTY STRUCTURE HAS BEEN IN PLACE SINCE THE 30’S. I CARRIED THAT BILL IN THE
GOVERNOR RICHARDSON ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGED TO
GET ONE VOTE IN THE SENATE CONSERVATION COMMITTEE IN 2009
OR ’10 WHEN WE DID THAT. THIS PAST SESSION, OR 2017,
SANDRA MARTINEZ BROUGHT THE BILL BACK. IT DID PASS THROUGH THE SENATE
CONSERVATION COMMITTEE AND MOVED FORWARD. AGAIN, IT IS AN EXAMPLE OF AN
ISSUE THAT I THINK WE NEED TO HAVE OIL AND GAS AT THE TABLE
AND WE NEED TO REALLY SIT DOWN AND FIGURE OUT A REASONABLE
FEE AND PENALTY STRUCTURE BECAUSE IT JUST DOESN’T MAKE
SENSE TO HAVE PENALTIES FROM 1935. THAT IS CRAZY. AND I THINK THE NEW
ADMINISTRATION IS GOING TO SIT DOWN WITH OIL AND GAS AT THE
TABLE AND LOOK AT A WIDE RANGE OF REGULATORY OVERSIGHT,
COMMON SENSE REASONABLE OVERSIGHT. METHANE IS A HUGE ISSUE. OIL AND GAS IS AT THE TABLE IN
COLORADO WHEN THAT WAS FIGURED OUT, ALSO IN WYOMING THEY ARE
AT THE TABLE TRYING TO WORK THAT OUT.
AND SO I JUST THINK THAT AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH AN AMAZING
RESOURCE, WHAT IS HAPPENING IN SOUTHEAST NEW MEXICO IS JUST
EXTRAORDINARY WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY, HYDRAULIC
FRACTURING, BUT WHEN YOU USE THAT TECHNOLOGY WE HAVE TO BE
AWARE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT SO I THINK WHEN IT
COMES TO THE FLARING, TO WATER THAT IS USED IN THE OIL AND
GAS, THOSE ARE AREAS WHERE YOU DO NEED TO HAVE OVERSIGHT AND
REGULATION AND TO SOME EXTENT THIS HAS HAPPENED SO FAST IN
THAT AREA, THAT THE REGULATIONS DIDN’T CATCH UP. ALSO YOU HAD A PHILOSOPHICAL
DIFFERENCE IN TERMS OF THE ROLE OF REGULATIONS, SO,
AGAIN, I THINK YOU WILL SEE CHANGES ON THAT. I AM HOPING AS REPRESENTATIVE
ARMSTRONG SAID THAT THERE IS COLLABORATIVE DISCUSSION
BECAUSE WE DO HAVE SO MANY ENERGY RESOURCES WITH OIL AND
GAS, THE WIND RESOURCE IN NEW MEXICO. THERE IS ONE COMPANY, PATTERN
ENERGY, PUTTING IN A 3,000 MEGAWATT-WIND PLANT AND THAT
IS MORE ELECTRICITY THAN PNM PRODUCES FROM ALL SOURCES. IT SHOWS THE MAGNITUDE OF WHAT
IS GOING ON. AND SOLAR IS ANOTHER PLACE
WHERE YOU WILL SEE SOLAR TAX CREDITS AND A REAL PUSH BY
THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THE INDUSTRY BECAUSE THE PRICE OF
RENEWABLES HAS COME DOWN SO MUCH THAT THAT ALSO HAS
CHANGED THE WHOLE DISCUSSION.>>RIGHT. SO, YOU REPRESENT A RURAL
COMMUNITY, BY AND LARGE. FOR THE PAST DECADE OR MORE
THAT COMMUNITY HAS FACED A REALLY INTERESTING WATER
CHALLENGE. THAT MAYBE SORT OF A CITY
DWELLERS DON’T ALWAYS PAY ATTENTION TO. CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT
ABOUT THE SAN AGUSTIN PLAINS AND WHAT WAS HAPPENING THERE
AND NOW AND WHY WATER IS SO IMPORTANT TO RURAL
COMMUNITIES.>>WHAT HAS HAPPENED IS IN THE
LAST 10 YEARS THERE IS A LARGE PRIVATE RANCH THAT WAS
PURCHASED AND THEY WANTED TO DRILL 53 WELLS, 2500 FEET
DEEP, AND PIPE THE WATER FROM THERE ON THE SAN AGUSTIN
PLAINS TO WHOEVER WOULD BUY IT. THE END USER IS THE REASON
THAT IT KEEPS GETTING DENIED BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO END USER. IT IS GOING ACTUALLY
FEBRUARY 13 AT 11:30 IN RESERVE NEW MEXICO IN THE
COURTHOUSE. JUDGE REYNOLDS WILL HEAR THE
APPEAL. IT WAS DENIED, DENIED SEVERAL
TIMES, WENT TO APPEAL, JUDGE REYNOLDS WILL HEAR THIS APPEAL
THIS TIME. IT HAS BEEN A REAL ISSUE
BECAUSE IT IS PRIVATE WATER RIGHTS. THEY OWN THE WATER RIGHTS. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, WE FEEL
IN OUR COMMUNITY, MY CONSTITUENTS FEEL THAT IT
WOULD DECIMATE OUR COMMUNITY, EVEN IF WE ARE NOT UTILIZING
THAT WATER RIGHT NOW, WE LIVE IN THE DESERT. AND THE AQUIFER THERE — THERE
IS NO TELLING — THERE IS NO REAL DATA ON IF IT IS A CLOSED
AQUIFER. THERE IS DIFFERENT
INFORMATION. SO WE ARE HOPING THAT THE
JUDGE DENIES THAT AGAIN.>>RIGHT. CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT
ABOUT THE NEED FOR INFORMATION AND SORT OF WHAT WE KNOW, WHAT
WE DON’T KNOW, WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT OUR WATER?>>SURE. I WOULD LOVE TO. SO, I WORK A LOT WITH STACEY
TIMMONS FROM NEW MEXICO TECH WHO ACTUALLY ON OUR RANCH THAT
IS IN THE SAN AGUSTIN PLAINS, OR BORDERS IT, THEY MEASURE
WELLS OUT THERE AND THEY HAVE GONE DOWN. THE FOOTAGE OF WATER HAS GONE
DOWN IN THAT AREA. THEY MEASURE IT ALL THE TIME
SO WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IS DATA DRIVEN INFORMATION ON A
NONPARTISAN — BY A NONPARTISAN ENTITY WHERE IT
DOESN’T CHANGE WITH THE GOVERNOR. IT’S LIKE SENATOR WIRTH SAID,
EVERY GOVERNOR CHANGE, THE STATE ENGINEER CHANGES, THE
FOCUS CHANGES AND IT IS LIKE STARTING ALL OVER AGAIN. IT IS VERY UNFORTUNATE THAT
THAT HAPPENS. THERE IS SOME TRUE PROBLEMS
WITH THE WATER IN NEW MEXICO AND I WOULD LOVE TO SEE DATA
DRIVEN INFORMATION.>>RIGHT.>>I THINK BOTH OF YOU HAVE
SPOKEN WITH ME OVER THE YEARS ABOUT A NEED FOR REFORM AT THE
OFFICE OF THE STATE ENGINEER AND THE INTERSTATE STREAM
COMMISSION. DO YOU WANT TO TALK A LITTLE
BIT ABOUT THAT?>>SO, THAT IS GOING TO BE ONE
OF THE BIG APPOINTMENTS WE ARE WAITING FOR FROM GOVERNOR
MARTINEZ. THE STATE ENGINEER
APPOINTMENT. THESE ARE THE INDIVIDUALS THAT
SET THE WATER POLICY AND WE MADE A DECISION AT THE
LEGISLATURE IN EARLIER 2000’S TO ADD WATER PLANNING AND
LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE AND WATER THE INTERSTATE STREAM
COMMISSION MANDATED. AND OVER THE LAST NUMBER OF
YEARS, WE JUST HAVEN’T HAD THE RESOURCES, REALLY, TO GIVE
THEM THE MONEY THEY NEED TO DO THAT THE RIGHT WAY.
AND THE RIGHT WAY OF HAVING COMMUNITIES INVOLVED IN EACH
OF THE DIFFERENT DISTRICTS AND YOU BUILD THIS FROM THE
COMMUNITY UP. BECAUSE IF YOU DON’T HAVE THAT
BUY-IN YOU’RE JUST NEVER GOING TO GET CHANGE IN THE WATER
ARENA. AND I CAN’T STRESS THAT
ENOUGH, JUST OVER THE YEARS, AS I HAVE CHAIRED THE WATER
COMMITTEE AND CONSERVATION COMMITTEE, CHANGE IS A REALLY
HARD THING FOR EVERYONE TO GET THEIR HANDS AROUND AND WHEN
YOU ALLOW INDIVIDUALS TO SIT AROUND A TABLE AND FIGURE OUT
THE SOLUTION THEMSELVES RATHER THAN HAVE US COME AND DICTATE
FROM THE TOP DOWN, THAT IS WHEN WE MOVE FORWARD. SO, AGAIN, I THINK IT IS A
SUPER INTERESTING AREA BECAUSE IT IS NOT A REPUBLICAN OR
DEMOCRAT, RURAL OR URBAN. I SUPPORTED REPRESENTATIVE
ARMSTRONG’S EFFORTS ON THE AGUSTIN PLAINS AND THERE ARE
MEMBERS OF MY CAUCUS IN THE SENATE AND DEMOCRATIC SIDE
THAT DON’T SUPPORT THAT. AND THERE IS REPUBLICANS ON
THE OTHER SIDE THAT DON’T EITHER, SO, THIS IS A
DISCUSSION REALLY ABOUT OUR FUTURE AND IT IS ONLY WHEN WE
ARE ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER AND SET ASIDE THOSE DIFFERENCES. I AM FROM SANTA FE, NOT A
RURAL DISTRICT BUT I GET COMPLETELY HOW SCARY IT IS TO
THINK THAT WE ARE GOING TO PUMP GROUNDWATER AND USE THAT
FOR RECURRING GROWTH IN SOME OTHER LOCATION. THAT CAUSES ME LOTS OF
HEARTBURN. ALSO, WATER TRANSFERS, OF
COURSE, THE GILA IS ANOTHER BIG WATER ISSUE OUT THERE THAT
WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME ON. SO, THIS IS A SCARCE RESOURCE,
IT IS CRITICAL TO OUR FUTURE AND IT GOING TO BE INCUMBENT
UPON THE LEGISLATURE TO WORK WITH THE NEW LEADERS AS THEY
COME IN AND BE PROACTIVE MOVING FORWARD.>>IT IS SAFE TO SAY THAT
WATER WILL BE A PRIORITY ISSUE THIS SESSION?>>CERTAINLY A PRIORITY ISSUE
FOR ME. AND, YOU KNOW, WE CAN’T LET IT
KIND OF DISAPPEAR. SOMETIMES IN THE TWO
ADMINISTRATIONS THAT I HAVE SERVED IN, EACH YEAR DURING
THE TERMS THERE HAS BEEN A YEAR OF WATER. AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN IT
SEEMS TO DISAPPEAR AND WHEN IT DOESN’T RAIN AND THE DROUGHT
IS EXTREME, EVERYONE IS FOCUSED AND THEN IT RAINS AND
ALL OF A SUDDEN THE PRESSURE IS OFF. WE CANNOT STOP LOOKING AND
THINKING ABOUT WATER. AGAIN, THE LAWSUIT IN THE U.S.
SUPREME COURT HAS REAL RISKS AND IMPACTS BOTH TO WATER AND
TO MONETARY POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES AND SO IT HAS GOT
TO BE PART OF THE DISCUSSION AND I AM REALLY EXCITED TO
HAVE A NEW ADMINISTRATION THAT I THINK IS GOING TO BE FAR
MORE PROACTIVE IN WORKING WITH THE LEGISLATURE AND TOGETHER
WE HAVE GOT TO KEEP THIS FRONT AND CENTER.>>RIGHT. HOW DO WE MAKE THAT HAPPEN? HOW DO RESIDENTS AND
CITIZENS — HOW DO WE MAKE SURE THAT WATER IS A TOP
PRIORITY?>>I THINK HOLD YOUR
LEGISLATORS ACCOUNTABLE. MAKE SURE THEY ARE DOING
SOMETHING TO HELP WITH THE WATER SITUATION IN NEW MEXICO. PART OF THE OTHER THING IS
THAT THE USE IT OR LOSE IT ASPECT OF THE WHOLE WATER
ISSUE. PEOPLE ARE USING WATER NOT
BECAUSE THEY NEED IT BUT BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT TO
LOSE THEIR WATER RIGHTS. IT IS AN ISSUE AND I THINK THE
CONSTITUENCY NEEDS TO BE INVOLVED, COMMUNITIES NEED TO
BE INVOLVED AND I THINK RUNNING OUT OF THE WATER IN
THE RIO GRANDE FOR A LOT OF MY FARMERS DOWN IN SOCORRO, SAN
ANTONIO, LEMITAR AREA, THAT WAS AN ISSUE. SO, I THINK THE MIDDLE RIO
GRANDE CONSERVANCY, EVERYONE IS FRONT AND CENTER RIGHT NOW,
INTERSTATE STREAM COMMISSION, SEVERAL PEOPLE. AND WE ALSO NEED TO UTILIZE
FEDERAL MONEY MATCH WHEN WE CAN GET IT.>>RIGHT. WHETHER IN THE MEDIA OR IN
ARGUMENT SOMETIMES, THE ENVIRONMENT ALWAYS SEEMS TO BE
A PARTISAN ISSUE BUT IT IS REALLY NOT. LIKE EVERYBODY WANTS CLEAN
WATER, ACCESSIBLE WATER AND I REALLY APPRECIATE THE TWO OF
YOU COMING HERE TODAY. CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT
ABOUT HOW WE WORK TOGETHER ON THESE ISSUES INSTEAD OF
FIGHTING ONE ANOTHER?>>THE MAIN THING THAT I THINK
SENATOR WIRTH AND MYSELF ARE WILLING TO DO IS REACH ACROSS
THE AISLE TO SAY, YOU KNOW, LET’S SIT DOWN. EXACTLY WHAT HE SAID. LET’S GET OIL AND GAS AT THE
TABLE AND EVERYONE THAT NEEDS TO BE AT THE TABLE AT THE
TABLE AND LISTEN RESPECTFULLY AND YOU CAN DISAGREE
RESPECTFULLY. BUT I THINK THAT IS THE ONLY
WAY WE ARE GOING TO GET ANYTHING DONE WITH WATER OR
ANYTHING ELSE. IS WE HAVE GOT TO.
AND WE NEED TO BE PART OF THAT TEAM THAT REACHES ACROSS.>>RIGHT. DO YOU WANT TO ADD ANYTHING?>>I AM SUPER EXCITED ABOUT
OUR NEW GOVERNOR. WE HAVE MET WITH HER IN
LEADERSHIP, BOTH DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS, HOUSE AND SENATE,
AND SHE HAS STRESSED EXACTLY WHAT REPRESENTATIVE ARMSTRONG
IS SAYING. SHE WANTS TO HEAR FROM BOTH
SIDES. SHE WANTS TO PUT PEOPLE IN
CABINET ROOM, SHUT THE DOORS AND FIGURE IT OUT. SO, THAT IS JUST A DIFFERENT
APPROACH THAT WE HAVEN’T HAD FOR A LONG TIME AT THE
LEGISLATURE. AND I DO THINK CERTAINLY IN
THE SENATE WE HAVE WORKED VERY WELL IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. IT HASN’T GOTTEN SUPER HEATED. AND I KNOW THAT SPEAKER EGOFF
IS REALLY EMPHASIZING THAT IN THE HOUSE AND AGAIN WHEN YOU
HAVE MEMBERS LIKE REPRESENTATIVE ARMSTRONG WHO
UNDERSTANDS THAT SOLUTIONS IN NEW MEXICO ARE PARTISAN
SOLUTIONS, ESPECIALLY IN THIS ARENA, I THINK THAT YOU CAN
GET THOSE KIND OF RESULTS AND THE BUY-IN THAT YOU HAVE TO
HAVE, AGAIN, I CAN’T STRESS ENOUGH, IT IS NOT JUST US
REACHING AGREEMENT, THERE HAS TO BE BUY-IN WHEN WE GO BACK
TO THE DISTRICTS AND EXPLAIN WHAT WE ARE DOING. SO, IT IS EXCITING TIME.>>THAT MAKES ME THINK ABOUT
TRANSPARENCY. AND WHETHER IT IS BETWEEN THE
CABINET AND THE GOVERNOR AND THE PUBLIC AND THE PRESS, YOU
KNOW, ARE WE GOING TO SEE MORE TRANSPARENCY IN DECISION
MAKING.>>WELL, I THINK CERTAINLY
GOVERNOR LUJAN GRISHAM HAS RUN WITH THAT AS A PLATFORM. I THINK AS WE HAVE SEEN, THAT
IS OFTEN WHAT IS STATED AT THE OUTSET. I CERTAINLY BELIEVE IN HAVING
THE PROCESS BE OPEN. I WOULD TELL EVERYONE OUT
THERE WATCHING THAT THE NEW MEXICO LEGISLATIVE PROCESS IS
ONE OF THE MOST OPEN IN THE COUNTRY. I TELL ALL MY CONSTITUENTS,
YOU CAN WALK RIGHT ON TO THE SENATE FLOOR BEFORE WE GAVEL
IN AND COME SEE ME AND TELL ME WHAT YOU’RE THINKING. I ASSURE THEM THAT ALL THE
LOBBYISTS ARE THERE AND I WOULD MUCH RATHER HAVE MY
CONSTITUENTS AND CITIZENS ACROSS THE STATE COMING AND
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THAT OPPORTUNITY. SO, YOU KNOW, EVERYONE NEEDS
TO PARTICIPATE. WE’RE TRYING TO CONTINUE TO
MAKE THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS MORE TRANSPARENT AND OPEN. WITH THE WEB CASTING AND
ARCHIVING IT HAS CHANGED DRAMATICALLY IN THE 15 YEARS I
HAVE BEEN THERE. AND SO IT IS SOMETHING I AM
CERTAINLY COMMITTED TO BECAUSE AGAIN PEOPLE NEED TO
UNDERSTAND IT, GET THEIR HANDS AROUND IT, BE PART OF IT AND
SO TRANSPARENCY IS A BIG PIECE OF THAT.>>RIGHT. REPRESENTATIVE ARMSTRONG, ANY
FINAL THOUGHTS?>>JUST, YOU KNOW, WE ALL HAVE
OPEN DOOR POLICIES. SO, PLEASE COME AND SEE US AND
GIVE US YOUR THOUGHTS, EMAIL US, CALL US, COME TO THE
SESSION. AND SIT DOWN AND LISTEN TO
WHAT IS GOING ON AND HOW IT ALL REALLY WORKS. IT IS A GREAT PROCESS AND
PROCEDURE AND HONORED AND LOOK FORWARD TO THE SESSION AND
HONORED TO BE HERE AND HONORED TO REPRESENT RURAL NEW MEXICO
AND THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.>>THANK YOU BOTH SO MUCH FOR
BEING HERE TODAY.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.

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