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Little may happen this legislative session. It reminds me of two heavyweights feeling each other out in the first round of a boxing match.
Since Gov. Susana Martinez is new to the game and since she is new to nearly all legislators, it takes awhile to get a feel for each other. We saw much the same situation during former Gov. Gary Johnson’s first year.
The difference with Johnson was that he hadn’t promised a bold agenda — just limited government. So there weren’t expectations of much happening. That didn’t come until 20 days after the session adjourned when Johnson set the first of many veto records.
Martinez has promised bold change but she is having to get organized first. Her cabinet appointments essentially are complete now. But it will take awhile to get everyone on the right page and, of course, they all have to be confirmed.
The confirmation process should go fairly quickly. Governors should be allowed to put together the team they think will work best. But there always are one or two who become controversial.
The time schedule of legislative sessions is unfortunate for new governors. At the longer, 60-day sessions any topic is germane. In next year’s 30-day session budget-related items are the only topics that automatically are germane.
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