Last minute push for lawmakers

Posted at: 03/15/2013 9:44 PM
Updated at: 03/16/2013 10:15 AM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

State lawmakers are in overdrive and working overtime Friday night plowing through stacks of legislation so fast it'll make your head spin.

That's because it all ends at high noon Saturday for this session.

The Senate still found time to goof around with Orbit - the Albuquerque Isotopes mascot - making a pitch for special Isotopes license plates, then it was on to more serious work like increasing the minimum wage from $7.50 to $8.50 an hour.

The Senate agrees Friday night to minor changes the House made , and now, Democrats hope to persuade the governor to sign it..

The Senate has also passed the health insurance exchange bill, which creates a marketplace for uninsured people to shop for coverage. The House also passed it.

And the bill requiring background checks for gun buyers at gun shows is expected to get a vote in the Senate.

After the governor vetoed the "Breaking Bad" bill, the measure's sponsor is working to get an identical version passed at the last minute - hoping to persuade the governor to change her mind

The main piece of business in every session is the budget and the governor has already said she'll veto it - unhappy with the failure of her education reform and tax cuts for employers - her lieutenant governor still optimistic.

"Hopefully some pieces of legislation are going to pass between now and noon tomorrow that will allow this state to be competitive," Lt. Gov. Jon Sanchez said. "Reducing our corporate tax rate, reforming education, making New Mexico a better place to live and work."