Your NM Government: Roundhouse Update | 3.19.21
A lot of fireworks throughout the night and into the wee hours of the morning. All of that means we are in for a wild ride in the last day and a half of the 2021 legislative session. Some of the big highlights and takeaways of the last 24 hours: the Land Grant Permanent Fund Amendment (HJR 1) made it through the Senate and appears to be headed to a ballot near you, after years of effort. Also, the Healthy Workplaces Act (HB 20), which was changed back early this morning to only affect private sector employers, who would have to give their employees paid sick leave. That was where the fireworks really started as you can discover more in Dan Boyd's article, out this morning in the Albuquerque Journal.
As for today, all eyes will be on the Senate once again, for the debate and potential vote on cannabis legalization in New Mexico. The Senate is set to reconvene again at about noon today.
The legislative session ends tomorrow at 12pm noon, so the clock begins to officially speed up from here on in.
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