Several bills pass throught legislature

Posted at: 03/11/2013 6:26 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

After seven weeks of a slow-paced legislative session, bills were suddenly flying through the House and Senate on Monday.

For a while there, Capitol reporters were checking for a pulse every morning to make sure this thing was still alive. Now it appears to be alive indeed.

In Monday afternoon action the Senate passed 11 bills and memorials that had already passed in the House. In return, the House passed 26 pieces of Senate legislation. Nothing too complex or controversial in the mix - no debate. All of that now goes to the desk of Gov. Susana Martinez, who's been wondering out loud where all the bills are.

"I tell you what," said Rep. Candy Ezzell, a Roswell Republican. "When we get rolling through there it's hard to look at all these bills coming up. We have to rely on the expertise of members who sit in committee, but we're rolling right now. There's no telling what's going to hit by Saturday."

Saturday is when the sixty day session comes to a halt at noon.

"A lot of us are familiar with these policy ideas that we've seen through the years," said Rep. Moe Maestas, an Albuquerque Democrat who serves as majority whip and is responsible for making the rapid-fire floor votes happen. "As soon as a bill is ripe we'll get it through. We're working really fast. We're going to be on the floor or in committees till like midnight every night this week."