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Session smooth at midway point

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By Jay Miller

The Legislature is now in full swing. Committees are hearing many bills. Some now are reaching the floor and sessions are getting longer. But it will still be almost a month before the pace gets frantic in the final week of the session.
The first bill to reach the governor’s office for a signature always is the “feed bill,” which finances the session. No one gets paid until that is signed.
An early bill to reach Gov. Susana Martinez’s desk may be the informed consent bill that controls the liability of suppliers. The present tenant, Virgin Galactic already is covered but the two year delay in getting coverage for others has meant that Virgin Galactic still is our only tenant, and an unhappy one. It expected a bustling scene with many other space companies flying out of there.
In order to try to keep Virgin from alleging breach of contract, the bill it wants was introduced the first day of the session and may be to the governor’s desk by the time you read this.
Trial lawyers are taking a big hit for the two year delay. They don’t like to see liability limited. Gov. Martinez has to shoulder her share of blame for not keeping the project going at the same break-neck speed of the previous governor. Chalk that up to a steep learning curve.


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