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February 5, 2021 – The Line opinion panel chats about the recent revelation that a member of the House Republican Minority tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after New Mexico lawmakers began a different and distanced legislative session. Democratic Speaker of the House Brian Egolf criticized the Republican caucus for allegedly eating together – a claim the minority party disputed – and for insisting on in-person lawmaking during the pandemic. A group of three Republican leaders sued Egolf, saying his remote meeting plans violated the state Constitution. The state Supreme Court has yet to rule on the issue. 

This segment is part of our #YourNMGov project, in collaboration with KUNM radio and the Santa Fe Reporter. Support for public media (NMPBS and KUNM) provided by the Thornburg Foundation.

Host: Gene Grant 

The Line Opinion Panel: 
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group 
Sophie Martin, attorney 
Ed Perea, attorney and public safety expert 

For More Information: 
Virus Cases Prompt Questions, Increase ScrutinyAlbuquerque Journal 
Tension Eases in Floor SessionsSanta Fe New Mexican 
Court Hears Lawmakers’ Case, Rejects StayAlbuquerque Journal 
Another Positive Test at the Roundhouse – KOB-TV