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June 26, 2020 – The emergency special session of the New Mexico Legislature clocked in at less than a week. Starting on June 18th and ending on the 22nd, the session’s main goal was to provide a stop-gap solution to pandemic-related budget holes that would see the state through to the regular session next year.  Legislators also acted on other bills, including police reform, election changes and small business relief. Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel analyze the outcomes of the special session and debate whether lawmakers accomplished all they set out to do. 

Host: Gene Grant 

Line Panelists: 
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima 
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law  
Rachel Sams, editor, Albuquerque Business First   

For Further Reading: 
Special Session Ends After Approval of Police Camera, Pandemic Aid Bills – Albuquerque Journal 
New Mexico Governor Issues Statement to Close Special Session – Office of the NM Governor 
House Passes Police Body Camera Requirement; Session Ends – Santa Fe New Mexico 
No Reform, No Peace – Santa Fe Reporter 
Lawmakers Paint Grim Picture for January Legislative Session – Santa Fe New Mexico