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Capitol Report – 2/16/2022 – Clean Fuel Standards Dies on Tie Vote on Last Day of Session

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Around three in the morning and with less than 12 hours until adjournment of the Legislative Session, a proposal to establish a clean fuel standard failed on a tie vote.

Jason Espinoza reports from the Roundhouse:

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State Representative Nathan Small began presenting Senate Bill 14 just after midnight on the last day of the legislative session. The bill is intended to enact a clean fuel standard using performance and market-based incentives to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels. The legislation had previously passed the Senate on a 25-16 vote.

Proponents contended the legislation was needed to help address what they described as “catastrophic climate change that threatens so many different parts of what we do.”

On the other hand, opponents of the legislation, such as Chad Smith, Chief Executive Officer of the NM Farm & Livestock Bureau, cited concerns about the potential of increased fuel costs.

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After three hours of debate on the floor of the House of Representatives the proposal failed on a tie vote 33-33, just after 3 in the morning on the last day of the session

A group of ten mostly rural democrats joined every Republican present to vote in opposition to the legislation.

The legislature adjourns today at Noon.

For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Jason Espinoza

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