Gov. Susana Martinez will veto the House redistricting plan that passed this week, according to Council Chair Sharon Stover.
“I talked to her and she told me she was going to veto it,” Stover said.
The measure passed the House on a 36-34 vote, with one Democrat joining Republicans in opposing the measure. The chamber's lone independent, Rep. Andy Nunez of Hatch, formerly a conservative Democrat, sided with Democrats to provide the needed vote necessary to pass the bill.
Martinez spokesman Scott Darnell called the plan a "partisan gerrymander."
Ironically, the bill would have kept Los Alamos intact, but Rep. Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Sandoval, and Santa Fe) voted against it.