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2023 Capitol Report – January 20


The hustle and bustle of the first week of the 60-day legislative session is coming to a close.

Jason Espinoza reports from the Roundhouse:

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Today marks the end of the first week of the long 60-day legislative session. In line with tradition both the Senate and the House will take today off and in many cases make the long drive home to see their families and friends one last time before the session hits its stride.

Only four days into this legislative session, over 280 pieces of legislation have been introduced with the House of Representatives introducing 116 bills, 1 memorial, and 4 constitutional amendments. On the other hand, the State Senate 153 bills, 4 memorials, and 6 constitutional amendments.

One piece of legislation has already made its way through both chambers and is headed to the Governor’s desk. That bill is House Bill 1, more commonly referred to as the Feed Bill. That bill appropriates $11.7 million from the general fund for legislative session expenses and $45.7 million from the general fund to various agencies interim expenses including the Legislative Council Service, Legislative Finance Committee, Legislative Education Study Committee, and the House and Senate Chief Clerk office.

The feed bill also included $2.5 million to hire a consulting entity to consider the feasibility of and make recommendations to the New Mexico legislative council on the logistics and resources needed for district staff offices and operations for the legislature.

For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Jason Espinoza

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