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Time it is a-wastin'

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Nothing on the governor’s agenda is much of an emergency

By Jay Miller

Tomorrow is the end of the second week of the New Mexico Legislature’s special session on redistricting. And not much has happened.
The first encouraging sign emerged the middle of last week when 13 of 15 Republican senators signed a bill redistricting the Senate so that no returning Republican senator gets hurt.
That feat was accomplished soon after Sen. Kent Cravens, an Albuquerque Republican, announced that he will be leaving the Senate to become director of governmental affairs for the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association.
Senate Democrats also have an Albuquerque member, Sen. Eric Griego, who has announced his intent to leave the Senate to run for Congress.
With those two advantages, Senate Democrats and Republicans might be able to get together on an agreeable redistricting plan.
It’s about time. The general timetable reportedly in legislative minds calls for redistricting to be decided in about two weeks, followed by several days of discussion about Gov. Susana Martinez’s 11 agenda items.
Sufficient money has been appropriated for a three week session ending Sept. 27. By that time, the House, Senate, Democrats, Republicans and the governor need to agree on redistricting of the U.S. House, state House and Senate, Public Regulation Commission and state Board of Education districts.


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