From the Roundhouse: Tick Tick TickFebruary 22nd, 2013 at 6:52 pm by Alex Goldsmith under N.M. Politics
“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” – Cyril Northcote Parkinson
That quote may best sum up the legislative process at the Roundhouse.
As Friday comes to a close, we have less than three weeks remaining in the 2013 60-day legislative session. That’s well past the halfway point.
So how are we doing in terms of productivity? Here’s a statistical look at what’s been done on bills not including action taken Friday:
- Bills passed by either House or Senate: 128
- Bills signed by Governor: 2
- Bills passed by both chambers: 2
But the House and Senate have taken more than their fair share of time on memorials, which are messages, and proclamations, certificates and requests that don’t have a legal effect. They can be passed by a single chamber or by both chambers as a joint memorial.
While they can inspire a warm fuzzy feeling or the illusion of getting something done, they are effectively a polite request and nothing more.
Here’s a statistical look at memorials, again not including Friday’s action:
- Memorials signed by one chamber: 64
- Joint memorials signed by both chambers: 11
There’s a lot left to be done this session, but if the quote I started this blog off with holds true, there’s a lot more that will be done.
But time is ticking.
Bill of the Day: House Bill 300
Rep. Doreen Gallegos, D-Las Cruces, is sponsoring the bill that would require school districts to provide more excused absences for pregnant and parenting teens, effectively maternity leave.
HB 300 passed the House Friday and has been sent to the Senate Education Committee first.