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Legislative Session Starts Sans State of State Address

January 22, 2021 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel discuss the first week of the New Mexico Legislature’s 60-day session. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this gathering of lawmakers will be very different from those of previous years. Panelists look at whether government transparency—and public buy-in—is possible when in-person access isn’t allowed and much of the session will be conducted remotely. 


This segment is part of our #YourNMGov project, in collaboration with KUNM radio. Support for public media provided by the Thornburg Foundation.

Host: Gene Grant  

The Line Opinion Panel:     
Sophie Martin, attorney  
Steve Terrell, retired reporter, Santa Fe New Mexican    
TJ Trout, radio personality 

For More Information: 
Session Begins Amid Security, Health RestrictionsAlbuquerque Journal  
Legislature Opens 2021 Session With Little Pomp and CircumstanceSanta Fe New Mexican 
Lawmaker, Advocates Pursue Greater Sunshine From Lobbyists – New Mexico in Depth 
Checkpoints, New Rules Await NM LawmakersAlbuquerque Journal  
New Mexico Governor Postpones Annual Address to Legislature – Associated Press