Democracy Issues Programs

Modernization of the NM Legislature

About the Project

New Mexico is the last state to utilize a “Citizen Legislature” – meaning our elected officials and staff in the Roundhouse are unsalaried. This may have made sense when our state was founded, but the system no longer serves our communities and CCP is proud to be a part of the efforts to modernize our legislative bodies and infrastructure. This will include a salary for legislators, increasing capacity with paid internal staff, and increasing the length of our legislative sessions to ensure important bills and policies are not stalled or curtailed.