October 3, 2016

What happened so far at the special session

While you were at the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque or enjoying a nice weekend throughout the state, legislators were in Santa Fe, at the Roundhouse for a special session.

Gov. Susana Martinez called the special session to deal with the gaping budget deficit that stretched over two budget years. But she also called for the special session to expand penalties on certain crimes.

The weekend was very eventful. The Senate passed eight bills related to the budget in twelve hours, then adjourned, putting the ball in the House’s court. Meanwhile, the House pushed for crime bills and passed two of them.

The House is working on their versions of the budget bills, which the Senate will likely hear when they come back later this week.

NM Political Report was there all weekend, and here are the stories we wrote from the special session (so far) in reverse order.