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2021 Capitol Report, March 19

TODAY IS THE LAST FULL DAY OF THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION.

KOB 4’S CHRIS RAMIREZ REPORTS ON THE FLURRY OF LAST MINUTE ACTIVITY IN THE ROUNDHOUSE.

TIME: 1:28                                           Out: KOB 4

IT’S AN INCREDIBLY BUSY DAY IN THE ROUNDHOUSE AS STATE LAWMAKERS MAKE A MAD DASH TO COMPLETE THEIR WORK BEFORE THE SESSION ENDS SATURDAY AT NOON.

THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BEGAN BUSINESS AT NOON TODAY AND THE SPEAKER VOWED TO KEEP THE HOUSE IN SESSION FOR 24 STRAIGHT HOURS.
THE FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS FOR THE HOUSE IS CONCURING ON THE SENATE VERSION OF THE 7.4 BILLION DOLLAR STATE BUDGET. ONCE PASSED, THE BUDGET GOES ON THE GOVERNOR.

THE SENATE TODAY WILL DEBATE THE LEGALIZATION OF RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA.  THE GOVERNOR HAS INDICATED SHE WIL SIGN THAT BILL.

OVERNIGHT, THE SENATE PASSED THE HEALTHY WORKPLACES ACT.  IF THE GOVERNOR SIGNS IT INTO LAW, THE BILL WILL REQUIRE PRIVATE EMPLOYERS TO OFFER WORKERS ONE HOUR OF PAID SICK LEAVE FOR EVERY 30 HOURS WORKED. THERE WOULD BE A MAXIMUM OF 64 HOURS OF LEAVE PER ONE YEAR.

A BILL BANNING TRAPPING, SNARING AND POISONING WILDLIFE ON NEW MEXICO’S PUBLIC LANDS IS NOW ON THE GOVERNOR’S DESK. ADVOCATES FOR THIS BILL ARGUED, TOO OFTEN PETS AND ANIMALS NOT INTENDED TO BE TRAPPED GOT CAUGHT IN THE CRUEL SNARES.

ALSO ON THE GOVERNOR’S DESK – A BILL THAT SETS UP THE OFFICE OF BROADBAND AND ACCESS.¬† THE BILL CREATES AUTHORITY FOR THAT OFFICE TO PLAN BROADBAND ACCESS ACROSS NEW MEXICO AND ENSURE REMOTE PARTS OF THE STATE ARE CONNECTED.

THE LIST OF WHAT NEEDS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED BETWEEN NOW AND TOMORROW IS A LONG ONE.
FOR THE NEW MEXICO NEWS NETWORK, I’M CHRIS RAMIREZ, KOB 4.

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