From the Roundhouse: Odds and EndsFebruary 12th, 2013 at 7:26 pm by Alex Goldsmith under N.M. 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