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2021 Capitol Report, February 16

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On the heels of last week’s dismissal by the New Mexico Supreme Court of a lawsuit by State House Republicans that charged the chamber’s Democratic majority of restricting public participation, Democrats pointed to record-setting input from the public thus far this session.

Tom Trowbridge reports from the Roundhouse:

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With the 2021 New Mexico 60-Day Legislative session near the halfway point, House Democrats pointed-out this week that New Mexicans have made their voices heard virtually in House committee meetings with 32 out of 33 counties in the state represented over the two-week period from February first to February 13th.

It’s an important statistic since the House Republican minority, under the leadership of Artesia Representative James Townsend had asked the New Mexico Supreme Court to do away with the new House of Representatives rule that limit public participation to virtual means via the internet, or by telephone.

The New Mexico Supreme Court dismissed the House GOP challenge Monday, and majority House Democrats were quick in both publicizing the Supreme Court’s ruling and at the same time observed the numbers of those members of the public taking part in virtual House Committee hearings.

They stated in a news release that virtual participation in the New Mexico House of Representatives for weeks two and three of this year’s session continues at a record-setting pace in the New Mexico House of Representatives.

More than 61-hundred citizens have made their voices heard virtually in House committee meetings with 32 out of 33 counties in the state represented over the two-week period from February 1 to February 13. Also, more than 32-thousand watched the Legislature’s online webcasts.

Corresponding numbers from the State Senate are not yet available.-

For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Tom Trowbridge

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