An ongoing dispute over security at the New Mexico State Capitol Building simmered as state lawmakers recessed for the weekend.
Tom Trowbridge reports from the Roundhouse:
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Since before the 2021 60-day session gaveled-in for business inside the Roundhouse on January 19th, the outside of the so-called “people’s house” has appeared ominous: Cement barriers ward-off traffic on its surrounding Santa Fe streets with patrol cars at the ready… and the building itself is surrounded by a chain-link fence with a single point of secured entry.
Republican lawmakers have had enough. House Leader Jim Townsend complained in a news release that quote: “This fence just further divides the public from what is happening in Santa Fe. We are spending 33-thousand dollars a day on this blockade, with no incidents reported. I think we can reconsider security plans that are less offensive to the public,” end quote. And Farmington Republican Senator moved on the Senate Floor for the fence’s removal.
Sharer’s motion went nowhere. Later, I asked Democratic House Speaker Brian Egolf about the fence; He told me leading lawmakers are following the advice of the New Mexico State Police and the State Department of Homeland Security:
And that’s the way it will stay.
For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Tom Trowbridge