From the Roundhouse: Odds and Ends

February 12th, 2013 at 7:26 pm by under Latest Posts, Politics

Because of some crime news in Santa Fe, I found myself diverted from the Roundhouse today.

Here are a few of the day’s highlights.

  • Chicken noises on the House floor. Rep. Candy Ezzell, R-Roswell, got perhaps a little too into the debate on a memorial over the controversial prairie chicken’s federal “threatened status.” She did her best impression of a mating prairie chicken on the House floor.
  • Several prominent Senate Democrats held a presser on water issues, tagged by Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez as the “sleeper issue” of the legislative session. A big focus of the mews conference was on Texas’ lawsuit against New Mexico over water rights.
  • Happy birthday Speaker Ken Martinez! He had the benefit of a mariachi band performance on the House floor in his honor.
  • Two House leaders, Rep. Moe Maestas, D-Albuquerque, and Rep. Nate Gentry, R-Albuquerque, are teaming up on a football bill that would give the New Mexico Bowl $1.5 million in funding over the next three years.
  • The stage is set for a big vote on HB 77 tomorrow. The bill adding background checks to gun-show sales cleared House Judiciary with ease. We’ll see what kind of reception it gets on the floor tomorrow.

Bill of the Day: Senate Bill 451

One of the quieter issues of this legislative session has been the state of New Mexico’s lottery scholarship program, which is facing solvency problems.

Sen. Bill Payne, R-Albuquerque, has a bill that would up the requirements to get a New Mexico lottery scholarship.

Under his proposal, students would need to have a minimum 1550 SAT or 21 ACT score and maintain a 2.75 grade average while in college. They would also have to take at least 12 credit hours a semester and graduate within six years.

SB 451 is currently waiting for a hearing in the Senate Education Committee

2 Responses to “From the Roundhouse: Odds and Ends”

  1. Michelle Meaders says:

    “Under his proposal, students would need to have a minimum 1550 SAT or 21 ACT score “…

    I suspect the SAT threshold is ‘way too high. When I took it, the scores ranged from 200 to 800 for each of the two tests, Critical Reading and Mathematics. So 1550 is close to the maximum possible score of 1600.

    Ah, maybe the score includes the Writing Sample. Then 1550 would be a liitle over average for the three tests together. The bill doesn’t say which tests are included.

  2. whiskeyriver says:

    I don’t think a change in SAT or ACT scores is needed given the poor quality of education in public schools. At least the kids will have a chance to catch up during their freshman year. The program would work better if all students were required to hold a 3.0 GPA and colleges had to pay the money back if the kid did not finish the semester.

    A huge part of the scholarship program is wasted money. If a student gets a grant from the Lottery, pays the school of choice, then drops out, that money is wasted. None of the universities care, they already have the cash. If they had to pay the money back to the Lottery program it would force the schools to help the student, give them a good reason to stay, instead of pocketing the cash and saying better luck next time.

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