New Mexico legislative session ends without passing LCFS bill

Source: By OPIS • Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2021

A bill that would have established a Low Carbon Fuel Standard in New Mexico failed to pass the Legislature before lawmakers adjourned for the year last week. The measure (S.B. 11) would have required a 10% reduction in transportation-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 2018 levels by 2030 and a 28% reduction by 2040. The measure was approved by the state Senate in a 25-14 vote on March 11, with all but two Democrats voting in favor, but failed to get a vote in the House of Representatives, where Democrats hold a 45-24 majority.  The bill, which was sponsored by Democratic Sen. Mimi Stewart, was supported by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who is also a Democrat.