Today, we kick off our daily updates on the 2021 Legislative session, which is now in the home stretch. A busy weekend was kicked off last night by a narrow vote in favor of mandatory paid sick leave in New Mexico. You can read more on that vote from Daniel J. Chacon at the Santa Fe New Mexican.
Also in this update we check in on the progress of cannabis legalization legislation. You can read more on that from Andy Lyman at the New Mexico Political Report and of course, tune in to our other podcast, “Growing Forward” with Andy and NMPBS Correspondent Megan Kamerick. Our Your NM Government partners at the Santa Fe Reporter are also doing a great job covering the cannabis legalization debate this year. All of these are good resources to help you understand the finer elements of these complex discussions.
We end by running down some of the big bills on tap in various committee meetings today, including a proposal to create a commission to handle redistricting in New Mexico. Learn more about that issue in this recent segment of The Line on NMPBS’s “New Mexico in Focus.”
Let us know how the session is going for you! And if you want us to track a specific piece of legislation, let us know that as well!
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