State Game Commission Reform Passes House

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State Game Commission Reform Passes House

SANTA FE ― On Friday, the House of Representatives took a step towards reforming the State Game Commission by passing House Bill 263, State Game Commission Changes.

House Bill 263 would move the Commission towards more scientific and inclusive decision-making by diversifying the membership, adding stability, and reducing political influence.

“New Mexico needs a more professional and less political Game Commission,” Rep. Matthew McQueen (D-Galisteo) said. “Our wildlife resources—including hunting and fishing—are critical to more than $1 billion in outdoor recreation economic activity across the state, generating particular value for our rural communities. Our Game Commission needs to evolve to better reflect our growing outdoor economy.”

House Bill 263 guarantees representation for sportsmen like hunters and anglers, as well as agriculture representation like farmers and ranchers. The bill also ensures that non-game wildlife conservation interests—critical for hikers, birders, photographers, and other recreational tourists and residents—are also represented on the Commission.

House Bill 263 now heads to the Senate for further consideration.