Tuesday marked the first day of the 2023 Legislative Session.
Jason Espinoza reports from the Roundhouse:
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After two years of mostly empty hallways due to pandemic restrictions, the hustle and bustle of the opening day of the 2023 Legislature stood in stark contrast. Legislators, lobbyists, staff, and family members filled the chambers and hallways of the roundhouse in Santa Fe.
During the opening session, the State Senate and the House of Representatives elected legislative leadership including new Speaker of the House Javier Martinez, an Albuquerque democrat, who is the son of Mexican immigrants and the first in his family to attend college. The Senate re-elected Senator Mimi Stewart as President Pro Tempore.
For the first time in three years, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham delivered her State of the State address in-person inside the State Capitol. The Governor credited legislators for their cooperation on achievements that have improved the lives of every day New Mexicans, stating: “Over the last four years, we have made once-unimaginable strides and today New Mexico is on stronger footing than ever.” Throughout her address she called for increased investments in education, public safety, housing, and economic relief for New Mexicans, in the form of tax rebates.
With legislative leadership set, the state of the state address completed and over 200 pieces of legislation pre-filed for introduction, the 2023 Legislative Session is well underway.
For the New Mexico New Network, I’m Jason Espinoza