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Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2014 11:44 am | Updated: 12:05 pm, Tue Feb 18, 2014.

The Senate passed a measure Sunday that aims to keep struggling New Mexico hospitals open by directing the state Human Services Department to help make up the shortfall in funding for indigent care.

Senators on Sunday bashed the Human Services Department for foisting the funding burden for indigent care onto counties and hospitals. Several senators said the department saw the crisis coming and should have offered a solution long before the waning days of the legislative session that is scheduled to end Thursday.

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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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