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Capitol Report – January 29, 2024



A national nonprofit organization is providing legislators with tools to evaluate science and use evidence to help answer critical questions.

Jason Espinoza reports from the Roundhouse:

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This is Jason Espinoza with today’s capitol report.

As the New Mexico Legislature enters the third week of the legislative session, Science is US, a nonprofit, nonpartisan initiative headquartered at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is providing policymakers with tools to evaluate science and use evidence to help answer critical questions. Science is US works collaboratively with business, agricultural, nonprofit and community leaders in states and localities across the country to tell the story of the impact of science and engineering on the economy and jobs.

Rachel Kerestes, Executive Director of Science is US, tells us more about their publicly available resources.

RK: [45 seconds] STEM not only drives the majority of the nation’s economy and jobs – science and evidence can help policymakers reach more efficient and effective solutions.

We have tools to help legislators be better prepared. For example, we’ve put together a scorecard that can be used to rate the individual attributes of information to determine its overall quality and reliability—does it include different sources? Is it transparent? Can you access it easily? We’ve also compiled a list of telltale signs to help identify misleading statistics and a series of questions to ask when reviewing data and evidence. All of these resources can be found on our website at Science is US dot org forward slash tools.

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

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