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June 19, 2020 – Following a Supreme Court decision to allow state lawmakers to ban the public and lobbyists from the state Capitol, the New Mexico Legislature opened a pandemic-spurred special session Thursday. Lawmakers need to patch holes in the current budget and the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. The latter is a $2 billion shortfall, and lawmakers will have to make tough choices as they decide what spending to cut and postpone. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham also added several police reform proposals, tax relief and election reform measures to her proposed agenda. 

Host/Correspondent: Gene Grant 

Line Panelists: 
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR 
Sophie Martin, attorney 
Kristelle Siarza, Siarza Social Digital 

For Further Reading: 

NM Opens Special Session in Closed CapitolAlbuquerque Journal 
Solvency plans not far apartAlbuquerque Journal 
Governor proposes cuts, tapping reserves in budget planSanta Fe New Mexican 
Roundhouse to be closed to publicAlbuquerque Journal