Legislature’s 2015 output hits 66-year low
Copyright © 2015 Albuquerque Journal
SANTA FE – New Mexico lawmakers passed 191 bills during the just-completed legislative session – the lowest tally for a 60-day session since 1949.
Overall, the number of bills approved and sent to Gov. Susana Martinez represented less than two-thirds of the final output from the 2013 legislative session, when 298 bills were passed. It was down even more from previous years.
What was behind the downturn?
The most obvious factor was the Legislature’s partisan divide, as Republicans had a majority in the House for the first time in 60 years after picking up several seats in last year’s general election. Democrats still control the Senate.
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