Legislative committees meet one day in advance of session opener

Posted at: 01/14/2013 8:53 AM
Updated at: 01/14/2013 10:41 AM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

New Mexico state lawmakers are headed back to the Roundhouse for the 2013 legislative session.

The session officially begins on Tuesday, but the Legislative Education Study Committee and Finance committees are already meeting to discuss a variety of issues.

The education committee is discussing a variety of issues.

According to the committee agenda, members will address discussion drafts of Legislative Education Study Committee-endorsed legislation concerning GED testing, transporation costs, standards-based assessment costs to be borne by the public education department rather than districts.

They’ll also look at policy proposals for virtual charter schools.

They will consider legislation on school bus transportation recommendations, investments and pensions oversights, unemployment compensation work group recommendations, and obstacles faced by teen parents in completing education.

The finance committee will discuss proposed legislation on motor vehicle excise tax revenue, the legislative lottery scholarship program, spaceport liability and public education funding reform.

They will also address the fiscal year 2013 budget.

All lawmakers will start work Tuesday, as the Legislative session officially begins after the Governor's State of the State speech.

Watch KOB for a live broadcast of the speech when it happens about 1 p.m. Tuesday or watch a livestream on KOB.com.

 KOB Eyewitness News 4 will keep you updated on all the latest developments.

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