Throughout the 2023 New Mexico legislative session we at the Rio Grande Foundation have been tracking the Legislature’s votes on various economic, education, and constitutional issues from a pro-freedom perspective via our Freedom Index. Bills receive scores anywhere from -8 to +8 depending on the overall impact of the legislation. Legislators are assigned points as floor votes are taken. Alas, we cannot rate committee votes.
You can find a spreadsheet detailing all the votes included in the index here.
We are pleased to announce that freshman Senator Joshua Sanchez of Belen but representing a sprawling district that goes all the way to the Arizona border, won the top prize with a score of 75. Sen. Bill Sharer was second with a score of 72 and Sen. Schmedes representing an Albuquerque-area district in the East Mountains was third with a score of 70.