As a restaurant owner, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest state politics and legislation that could potentially impact your business. Here are a few ways you can be active in state politics as a restaurant owner:

Join NMRA: New Mexico has a restaurant association that works to advocate for the interests of restaurant owners and operators. Joining an association can provide you with valuable resources and information on legislative issues that may affect your business.

  • Talk to your legislators in your restaurant. You have two state legislators that represent you in Santa Fe. Find out who your Senator and Representative are and invite them to coffee. Here is a link to contact them.
  • Follow your state’s legislature: Keep track of the latest bills and legislation being proposed in your state that could affect your business. This can include things like minimum wage increases, food safety regulations, and restaurant taxes.
  • Attend legislative hearings in person or by zoom link: Many states hold hearings on proposed legislation that could impact the restaurant industry. Attend these hearings to voice your opinion and share your experiences as a restaurant owner. Here is a link to find legislative hearings inline:
  • Contact your local representatives: Whether it’s through email, phone calls, or in-person meetings, make sure to communicate with your local representatives about any legislation that could impact your business.
  • Participate in lobbying efforts: Many restaurant associations and other industry groups will engage in lobbying efforts to advocate for the interests of restaurant owners. Consider participating in these efforts by contacting your representatives or attending lobby days at the state capitol.

By staying active and engaged in state politics, you can help ensure that the needs and concerns of restaurant owners are heard and considered by lawmakers.