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2021 Capitol Report, Day Two

Intro:

 

On Tuesday’s Capitol Report, Tom Trowbridge spoke with New Mexico Democratic House Speaker Brian Egolf about how the 2021 Legislative session will be conducted, given the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Today, Tom speaks with Senate Majority Leader, Santa Fe Democrat Peter Wirth to get his perspective:

 

 

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As New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf previously mentioned, the two special Legislative sessions held during the pandemic provided state lawmakers with a template of sorts for this year’s Regular, 60-Day session.

 

Despite that, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth concedes lawmakers are in… in his words: “in kind of unchartered waters to a large extent.”

 

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Wirth says there’s been some concern about public participation in the legislative session, with COVID-19 preventing folks from being able to be in the Roundhouse in typical manner.

 

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Wirth says a hybrid approach will be employed in the Senate…with Floor sessions in Santa Fe with members attending via Zoom in their offices, but with limited floor sessions… Wirth says ten or less through February.

 

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

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