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Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 7:27 pm | Updated: 10:04 am, Thu Feb 20, 2014.

The New Mexico House of Representatives held its nose, swallowed hard and overwhelmingly passed a trade-off budget Wednesday, sidestepping the threat of a special session with less than 24 hours to spare.

Included in the spending plan are raises of at least 3 percent for state employees, including teachers.

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Off the floor

Demonstrations, booths, and informational sessions fill the halls of the capitol building almost daily. 

Mar. 2 — Albuquerque NOW (National Organization for Women), celebrate Women's History and equal rights, Rotunda, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Mar. 4 — Charter School Day at the Legislature Rotunda, Press Conference 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., Halls of History, Westside 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Mar. 6 — Asian American & International District Day, Rotunda, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Mar. 21 — Session ends at noon

Session dates - 2015

• December 15, 2014 - January 16 Legislation may be prefiled

• January 20 Opening day (noon)

• February 19 Deadline for introduction

• March 21 Session ends (noon)

• April 10 Legislation not acted upon by governor is pocket vetoed

• June 19 Effective date of legislation not a general appropriation bill or a bill carrying an emergency clause or other specified date

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