2021 Legislative Session

The 2021 legislative session in New Mexico ends on March 20 at noon. Until then, bookmark this page for the latest news on the bills that will protect the rights of New Mexicans.

Key Legislation We're Following

  • The New Mexico Civil Rights Act (HB 4): A bill to create a legal remedy for New Mexicans to bring claims for damages in state court against public officials who violate their rights.
  • Statewide Use of Force Standard (SB 227): New Mexico had the highest rate of police killings in the country in 2020. There is no reason we should be number one for another year.
  • Respect New Mexico Women and Families Act (HB 7 & SB 10): A bill to remove an outdated abortion ban from 1969 off of New Mexico's books.
  • The Private Detention Facilities Moratorium Act (HB 40): New Mexico relies more heavily on private prisons than any other state in the US and ranks high on the number of people incarcerated per capita. It is time for this to change.
  • Non-Disclosure of Private Sensitive Information (SB 75): This act would create a standard non-disclosure policy for private, sensitive information across all state agencies. 
  • Free to Drive Act (SB 7): Today, thousands of safe drivers across New Mexico cannot legally drive solely because they are trapped in a cycle of debt. It's time to restore the freedom to drive.

Visit our legislation page for a complete list of legislation we're working on this session.

Latest News

February 23, 2021

Both of the Non-Disclosure of Private Sensitive Information bills (HB 124 and SB75) passed their respective judiciary committees late yesterday! Next stop is a floor vote.

February 17, 2021

Yesterday, the New Mexico Civil Rights Act (HB 4) was passed by the House of Representatives. It is now waiting to be introduced by the Senate. 

February 15, 2021

Today, the bill to remove New Mexico’s outdated 1969 abortion ban, was passed by the House Judiciary Committee and will now head to the House of Representatives chamber floor for a full debate

February 11, 2021

Today, the bill to remove New Mexico’s outdated 1969 abortion ban, was passed by Senate. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives. 

February 9, 2021

Yesterday, the New Mexico Civil Rights Act (HB 4) passed through the House Judiciary Committee. Next up for the New Mexico Civil Rights Act is a full floor debate and vote in the New Mexico House of Representatives.

New Mexico laws are currently too narrow to allow individuals to successfully sue police and other public officials for state constitutional violations. The New Mexico Civil Rights Act creates a legal remedy for New Mexicans to bring claims for damages in state court against police officers and other public officials who violate the rights guaranteed to them under the New Mexico Constitution.

February 5, 2021

Several ACLU-NM priority bills have been on the move in the past few days.

February 2, 2021

Yesterday, alongside Senator Linda Lopez, we unveiled a groundbreaking bill that would establish a statewide use of force standard for police in New Mexico (SB 227). This law would eliminate the patchwork of failed use of force policies that has caused New Mexico to lead the nation in rates of police killings.

The law establishes clear guidelines for use of force as a last resort as well as bans certain dangerous holds, weapons and tactics. Importantly, it also requires crucial accountability and transparency mechanisms across all departments. You can see more on yesterday's big announcement in our press release.

Elsewhere yesterday, the Non-Disclosure of Private Sensitive Information Act (HB 124) passed through its final committee in the House and next heads to the floor for debate and a vote.

January 29, 2021

Three bills saw movement today in the 2021 legislative session:

  • HB 7, the bill to remove New Mexico’s antiquated 1969 abortion ban passed through its final committee in the New Mexico House of Representatives. Next up for the New Mexico Women and Families Act is a debate on the House floor.
  • The CROWN Act passed unanimously through its final committee hearing in the Senate and now moves to the floor for a full debate.
  • The Driver’s License Suspensions Act (SB 7) passed through its final committee hearing in the Senate as well today and will also move to the floor for a full debate.

January 28, 2021

Three ACLU of New Mexico priority bills have passed through committee hearings during the last 24 hours:

  • A bill to limit the use of for-profit prisons in New Mexico (HB 40) passed its first committee hearing today.
  • Two criminal justice bills also passed out of their first committees late yesterday: a bill to limit the practice of suspension of driver's licenses in New Mexico (SB 7) and a bill to require a racial impact statement be included with certain new pieces of legislation (SB 81).

All three bills will next move to their second committee hearings in their respective chambers. 

January 27, 2021

Today, four ACLU of New Mexico priority bills were heard in committee.

All three bills now head to their second committee hearings in the New Mexico House of Representatives.

January 26, 2021

Yesterday, the New Mexico Civil Rights Act (HB 4) and the Respect NM Women and Families Act (SB 10) were heard in committee for the first time in this legislative session. Both of these priority bills for the ACLU of New Mexico passed through their first committee hearings.

The New Mexico Civil Rights Act would allow New Mexicans to sue for civil rights violations under the state constitution. The bill is now headed to its final committee hearing in the House of Representatives. The Respect NM Women and Families Act would remove the old, outdated 1969 abortion ban from New Mexico’s books. It is now headed to its final Senate committee hearing.

January 22, 2021

Democracy requires us to stand up for our rights. This year we have a unique chance to enact an ambitious agenda that protects and expands civil rights and civil liberties across New Mexico. Watch our legislative advocacy training to find out how you can help during this year’s 60-day legislative session. Watch one of our two videos below:

January 19, 2021

Legislative session has begun! Today at noon, legislators gathered to 'gavel in' for the 2021 legislative session. This year's 60 day session will end on March 20th at noon sharp. Stay tuned to this page for more information and the latest updates on the bills we are following this year.