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STEVE TERRELL

Roundhouse Roundup

Posted: Saturday, February 22, 2014 7:00 pm

I’ve covered I don’t know how many legislative races in the past 30 years, but I don’t remember any candidate ever saying, “Vote for me and I’ll introduce more memorials than my opponent.”

Nevertheless, people who dropped in on a House or Senate floor session at any given time in the first three weeks or so of the recent legislative session more likely would have heard lawmakers “debating” some memorial than any actual bill. Though lawmakers always argue that they eventually get to the serious stuff, one not versed in the ways of the Roundhouse — and some, like House Republican Leader Don Bratton of Hobbs, who are deeply knowledgeable of the system — might tend to think this amounts to a lot of wasted time.

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3 comments:

  • Donado Coviello posted at 4:29 am on Fri, Mar 7, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 337

    Being the "recipient" of a successful of a Memorial for the New Mexico Legislature I have to disagree with Terrell. Senate Joint Memorial 16 (SJM 16) passed both houses of the Legislature was a resolution to honor "Pi Day NM", an educational celebration of the mathematical constant "pi." The process for passing is a resolution 'memorial' is sometimes the only mechanism to find common ground among a divergent and divided group of legislatures. Agreeing on something good or fun or indisputable sometimes sets the table for agreement of tougher issues.

    Not only was 'Pi Day NM" honored by the State Legislature but it also received a Proclamation from both Governor Martinez and Mayor Coss. Such Memorials and Proclamations serve to boost the better charitable and educational angels of our character and encourage both good works and cooperation.

     
  • Meredith Machen posted at 5:43 pm on Mon, Feb 24, 2014.

    mermachen Posts: 7

    http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/fileExists/interimreports/LSPS07.pdf
    We
    need legislators to revisit the report of the LEGISLATIVE STRUCTURE AND
    PROCESS STUDY TASK FORCE in 2007. Clearly "greater deliberation can be fostered by reducing the legislative session workload, while being mindful of each legislator's right and responsibility to advocate on behalf of New Mexicans and to pursue important initiatives." The Task Force encouraged members to file legislation before the session and limit the number of bills and memorials introduced once the session starts. We need to ask our legislators to limit memorials to one each per session and not ask them to spend their valuable time together discussing the merits of yet another good cause or entity. We also need ask legislators to follow some "best practices guidelines" "discouraging the introduction of duplicate legislation, limiting the ability of committees to advance legislation without making a recommendation on the merits of that legislation and prohibiting the introduction of memorials that request state agencies to act."
    Anyone want to help the League with the guidelines, please write me at president@lwvnm.org.

    Thanks to Steve and the rest of the team for suffering through the painful hours, listening to the memorials in search of signs of intelligent life.

     
  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 6:55 am on Sun, Feb 23, 2014.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 221

    Memorials don't mean jack when it comes to legally enforcing them into law. It is too bad that we have to pay for our state legislator's every year to do nothing in return as always. Check out the SM 4 that relates to study and for creating a beaver management plan for NM. What a waste of time when there are other pressing public safety issues that continue to be ignored by these lazy-ass political hacks. The registered convicted sex offenders and the beavers population have a better chance of running the show at the next legislature session in 2015. And they are not going to be memorials this time, but some house or senate bill that reflects to protect them from being beat up from the public, etc. Who knows?[thumbdown]

     

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