From the Capitol: Roundhouse RoundballMarch 1st, 2013 at 6:23 pm by Alex Goldsmith under N.M. Politics
As we come down the stretch of the legislative session the nights get longer in the Roundhouse, the fights get more bitter and the rubber hits the road.
There’s less time for delays on major issues.
Unless that is, you have a basketball game you want to be on time for.
Friday there was a Senate Public Affairs committee hearing scheduled for two dueling driver’s-license-for-illegal-immigrants bills, the first test for a proposal that has been very important to the administration.
But when the committee schedule was updated Thursday night, the committee hearing for the driver’s-license bills had been rescheduled for Tuesday.
This sort of thing happens all the time typically but usually because the bill’s sponsor isn’t ready or more amendments need to be prepared.
But there’s likely more of a sports-related reason behind this decision.
The House and Senate play in their annual basketball game Friday at 7 p.m. It’s a charity affair with proceeds going to the UNM Cancer Center but also a particularly competitive event.
The House has dominated the event since it started, but the Senate appears to have the favored team this year.
Senate Public Affairs has two members who likely wouldn’t want to miss that, Sen. Bill O’Neill, D-Albuquerque, and Sen. Tim Keller, D-Albuquerque, two of the Senate’s more active players.
It appears that the schedule was shifted to accommodate the basketball game.
The session ends at noon on March 16.
Rep. Paul Bandy, R-Aztec, really, really wants the feasibility of horse slaughter in New Mexico studied.
Although a controversial memorial calling for a study was shot down early in the session, Bandy also has HB 90, which calls for $20,000 to pay New Mexico State University to look into the feasibility of a horse slaughter facility in New Mexico.
The bill is sitting in House Appropriations waiting for a hearing but has already cleared one committee.