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February 21, 2020 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel look back on the just-concluded 30-day session of the New Mexico Legislature and discuss the legislation that passed. Passing a budget is a must, but that effort came down to the wire, and final negotiations took place behind closed doors. The panelists discuss some of the other bills that passed, including the controversial “red flag” law, the early childhood fund bill, and an overhaul of the state’s pension system.  

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima
Martha Burk, political psychologist and women’s issues expert
Dede Feldman, former state senator
Diane Snyder, former state senator

For Further Reading: 
New Mexico Lawmakers Reach Budget Deal as Tense Session EndsAssociated Press
Budget goes to governorSanta Fe New Mexican 

“Red Flag” Law
Green light for red flag billAlbuquerque Journal
Governor defends passage of ‘red flag’ gun lawNM Political Report
Controversial ‘red flag law’ passes the House, heads to governor’s deskKRQE Media 

Early Childhood
Early childhood fund bill sent to governor’s deskAlbuquerque Journal 

PERA reform bill clears HouseSanta Fe New Mexican 

Prescription Drug Imports
Drug importation bill heads to Lujan GrishamAlbuquerque Journal
Bill creating path for drug imports from Canada sent to governorSanta Fe New Mexican