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Rep. Don Bratton, as usual, cut to the chase.
“For the first time we have a female governor, who may proceed differently,” said the Hobbs Republican last week in the House Rules Committee. “People may have different expectations than they did 10 years ago. Redistricting is at the forefront, but the Constitution empowers the governor to put other items on the agenda, and they should be treated expediently.”
Raul Burciaga, director of the Legislative Council Service, was instructing the committee on what the state Constitution has to say about special legislative sessions and, more importantly, on the authority allocated to the governor and to the legislature.
“The governor decides what goes to the special session, but the legislature decides how it’s handled,” Burciaga said.
I doubt that the governor’s gender has anything to do with her approach, but Bratton was trying to get at the Democrats’ reluctance to tackle issues other than redistricting.
He wanted to know why the redistricting bills were in the pipeline while the governor’s measures had yet surface in committee.
The Rs also questioned why so many of the governor’s bills had to hurdle the Rules Committee first, implying unfairness on the part of House Speaker Ben Lujan.
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