New Mexico House Speaker not printing bills Gov. recommends to stall passage, critics allege
Rep. Andy Nuñez accused Speaker Ben Luján of slowing down Gov. Susana Martinez’ controversial special session agenda, reports the Santa Fe New Mexican:
Four bills related to Gov. Susana Martinez’s biggest priorities haven’t even been printed.
They’ve all been sent to a committee of the House of Representatives that will determine whether they should be taken up, even though each subject was on the proclamation that called lawmakers into special session Tuesday.
One of the bills would overturn a 2003 law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. The others would merge state agencies, prop up the state’s unemployment fund and give local authorities the power to ban fireworks.
By comparison, most other bills introduced in the House so far have been printed and directed to committees for hearings.
Luján denied the accusation. One controversial part of the governor’s agenda, a bill ending social promotion, has been introduced already.