Rep. Brian Egolf, Speaker of the NM House of Representatives

Air Dates: June 19-21, 2021

This week's guest on REPORT FROM SANTA FE is Rep. Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe), Speaker of the New Mexico House of Representatives, discussing successes in the recent legislative session and this year's crucial Redistricting process.

Many New Mexicans regard the 2021 Legislative Session as perhaps one of the most significant in history for putting our state’s recovery, kids, and hardworking families first.

Despite the pandemic, over 20,000 New Mexicans participated in the legislative process with many more watching the legislative webcast. The Speaker evaluates the pandemic protocols used for conducting legislative business while keeping lawmakers and the public safe by going virtual.

Speaker Egolf discusses successful legislative actions in economic diversification, health care, COVID-19 recovery & relief, protecting civil rights, addressing the climate crisis, and transforming education and reopening schools safely.

Looking forward to the upcoming Special Session on Redistricting, which will take place in December, Egolf explains how the Legislature has created an Independent Citizen Redistricting Committee to propose state House, Senate, U.S. Congressional, and Public Education Commission district maps to the Legislature.

The new process includes 12 public meetings with opportunities for public input which will gather the diverse perspectives necessary to make maps that are inclusive and reflective of N.M.’s communities and the changes they’ve undergone over the last 10 years.