Tag Archives: New Mexico Legislature

When, Not If, Special Session Should Happen | The Line

Legislative Session Roundhouse

March 27, 2020   Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel debate the best way to go about a legislative special session that is surely inevitable. Should it be held before the new fiscal year in July? There are also health concerns about holding a special session soon after an outbreak, but holding a special session entirely through remote access might not be constitutional. The Line panelists offer their insights and informed opinions.       

Line Panelists:
Lonna Atkeson, UNM Political Science professor  
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR   
Laura Sanchez, attorney  


For Further Reading:   

A special session with few lawmakers present?— Albuquerque Journal 

Oil and gas industry faces huge loss— Albuquerque Journal 

Key legislators: Special session likely as economic fallout hits New Mexico— Santa Fe New Mexican

Special session, yes, but planning essential— Santa Fe New Mexican

Professionalizing New Mexico’s Lawmakers | The Line

1336 Line Lobbyists

March 6, 2020 New Mexico has the only unsalaried legislature in the nation. During the recently ended session the issue came up – yet again – whether it’s time to start paying the state’s legislators.  Another question also comes up yearly: does lobbyist money have an undue influence on lawmakers? Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel debate whether professionalizing legislators will affect lobbyist spending in New Mexico. 

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former state representative
Julie Ann Grimm, editor, Santa Fe Reporter
Christine Sierra, UNM political science professor emerita
Diane Snyder, former state senator

For Further Reading:
NM lobbyists spend $151,000 on legislatorsAlbuquerque Journal
Governor appears open to exploring salaries for NM legislatorsThe Los Alamos Monitor Online