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The Line: Summing Up The Legislative Session

February 23, 2018 – The legislative session that ended last week marked the final session before a new governor takes the reins next year. Was that why the session was uncharacteristically quiet? Or did a budget surplus lead to real bipartisanship? Gene Grant and the Line panelists debate the tone of the session, look at bills that passed and failed, and predict what Governor Martinez will be remembered for most.

Line Panelists:
Dede Feldman, former state senator
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP

For further reading:
Lawmakers expect veto pen will be little used – by Dan McKay, Albuquerque Journal
Sine die: Bipartisanship was buzzword but not everything was kumbaya – by Trip Jennings and Danielle Prokop, New Mexico In Depth

The Line: Lawmakers Wrap Up 30-Day Legislative Session

February 16, 2018 – The primary focus of the 30-day legislative session is to pass a budget. Lawmakers did that this week and sent the bipartisan budget to Governor Martinez. Other bills, however, were introduced this session; some were successful and some never made it out of committee. Senators Sander Rue and Jeff Steinborn spoke with producer Sarah Gustavus at the Roundhouse about roadblocks to bills on government transparency. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists weigh in on those and other bills, on the budget that passed, and on the general tone of the legislature this session.

Santa Fe New Mexican article by Andrew Oxford - Last-minute shuffles cement state budget deal

Transparency bills:

SB 54   discloses use of discretionary money

SB 67   – requires reporting of 100 percent of lobbying expenditures

SB 83   – money for Sunshine Portal compliance

SB 88   discloses money spent on legal settlements

SB 107 – beefs up lobbyist reporting

SB 173 – lobbyist “full disclosure”

HB 218 – determines what records not subject to Sunshine Portal