Every legislative session, New Mexico legislators have the opportunity to advance to cause of good government. Every time they act on a good governance or bad governance bill, Common Cause NM tracks that vote, applies it to their GPA and reports the results back to New Mexico’s citizens.
At the end of each session, legislators receive a NMGPA based on how many times they did the right thing. For example, if a legislator had 15 opportunities to either support good governance bills or oppose bad governance bills, and he did the right thing 14 times, his GPA would be 14/15 or 93% -- a Solid A. Actions can include floor votes, committee votes, actions taken on an amendment and even unexcused absences.
Sponsors of bills on the NM GPA report card were given extra credit. In 2017, for those who already had a perfect score, ten extra points were awarded. For others, their final % was recalculated as if they had voted positively during one of their voting opportunities. In 2019, all sponsors were given extra credit as if they had an additional positive vote. Any score above 100% indicates a legislator who had a perfect score AND sponsored a bill.
After additional legislative sessions have been scored, legislators will receive a lifetime NMGPA that tracks their long-term performance.