Gov. blames senators for failed bills

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By Carol A. Clark

SANTA FE — Bothered and belligerent at what he called the “least productive session since he’s been governor,” Bill Richardson vowed to call the Legislature into special session.The governor’s anger was evident after ethics reform, stem cell research, domestic partners, Railrunner tax and universal health care were all shot down during this year’s 30-day session, which ended Thursday. “Unfortunately, a handful of senators, including certain members of the Senate leadership and the Senate Finance Committee, were more focused on power, turf and personal agendas,” Richardson said during a post-session press conference. “There was no desire, no political will by certain members to do anything substantive about the health-care crisis,” he said.The special session, Richardson said, will focus on “health care, health care, health care” and could be held as early as Monday.Critics blamed the failure of the health-care bill and other bills on the governor, saying the 30-day session is a budget session and he should not have placed those items on the agenda – especially the complicated and costly health-care issue.Minority Floor Leader Tom Taylor, R-San Juan, and Minority Whip Dan Foley, R-Chaves, Lincoln and Otero, said from the onset of the session the health-care reform bill did not have consens

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