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The legislative session brings many little wrinkles with it. Party lines force some individual lawmakers to vote against their conscience to toe the line.
But sometimes a “no” vote is the only way to save a bill you may support.
That unusual situation happened on the House floor today.
Rep. Mimi Stewart’s, D-Albuquerque, state health insurance exchange bill to satisfy the requirements of the Affordable Care Act was finally brought forward for a vote after stalling for a week.
A lengthy debate over the bill’s merits took up a big chunk of the House’s day. Rep. Nate Gentry, R-Albuquerque, made the point that pushing the bill forward as is was pointless and counterproductive because the governor would veto it in its current form.
It became clear when it was time for the vote that Stewart’s bill didn’t have enough support to pass with all of the Republicans against her and enough conservative Democrats opposed as well.
So, according to a Democratic source, Rep. Lucky Varela, D-Santa Fe, (who’s been in the House longer than I’ve been alive) joined in to vote “no”, making it 39-30.
It wasn’t to join the winning side; it was for the next move in the legislative game.
Varela immediately moved for the House to “reconsider” its vote by putting the bill on the speaker’s table, something only someone who votes in the majority on any vote can do. That motion passed 35-33.
That vote kept the bill from dying completely, saving it for a compromise version sometime in the near future.
It’s a veteran move and one that kept the door open. The roll call will record Varela’s vote as a “no”, but it was the most supportive “no” he could’ve given.
Rep. Yvette Herrell’s, R-Alamogordo, bill aims at expanding sex offender registration in New Mexico.
Her bill would require anyone who has to register as a sex offender in any other U.S. jurisdiction or certain foreign jurisdictions who moves to New Mexico to register as a sex offender regardless of whether their crime is a registerable crime in New Mexico.
This bill came up not because it’s moving particularly quickly (it isn’t). It’s moving because its concept was attached onto Rep. Gentry’s sex offender Facebook messaging ban bill.
The whole bill has now been sent back to House Judiciary for a hearing.
Airlines may be cashing in on passengers desire to get through security quicker.
For $9 United Airlines is letting passengers do just that.
Passengers can buy access into the “Premier Access” line at security. A route traditionally reserved for business or first class fliers.
United in limiting the number of fliers who can buy the option to speed through.
It’s now time for the five things you need to know before you go!
5) The White House backed legislation in the Senate to replace the $85-billion dollars in across the board spending cuts. Meanwhile, the senate is expected to vote today on rival Democratic and Republican plans to replace the spending cuts…but both bills are expected to fail. President Barack Obama has set a meeting with Congressional leaders for the day the cuts take effect.
4) This is it at noon– Pope Benedict the 16th boards a helicopter and flies outside of Rome – the first pope to resign in more than six centuries… a day that lives in history of the Roman Catholic Church. The conclave to replace benedict is expected soon.
3) Dylan Redwine’s dad made himself look more suspicious than ever- refusing a polygraph on Dr. Phil’s show that aired yesterday – the search for the missing boy continues.
2) A great night for the Lobos- they hosted San Diego State last night and came out the winners 70 to 60 the Lobos are ranked 14th.
1) It’ll be breezy but sunny with a high near 46 and a Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.Then tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 29, and a Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
Today will be sunny with a high near 46 and a Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.Then tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 29, and a Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
Have a good day!
Kristen Van Dyke