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Legislative Session 2012

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By Jay Miller

The 2012 legislature may be very different than the 2011 version now that Gov. Susana Martinez has a year of chief executive experience under her belt.
Martinez appears to have learned that the adversarial approach necessarily taken by district attorneys doesn’t work when dealing with another branch of government.
She says a number one  priority this year will be to cooperatively work with the legislature.
The 2011 legislature had embarrassingly little to show for its efforts.
The special session on redistricting was even worse. A surprising improvement in relations was evident when Martinez and a handful of Democratic legislators presented a bipartisan congressional redistricting proposal to the court last fall.
Judge James Hall ended up approving a plan very similar to the one proposed by Martinez and some Democrats.
No such agreement was accomplished on state house redistricting.
But after what Democrats considered a Republican-leaning decision by Hall, senate leaders huddled with Martinez and came up with a joint proposal for redistricting that body.
If Martinez can agree with Democrats on redistricting, the most controversial of all political topics, there is no telling what might be possible from the legislative session beginning tomorrow.


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