Let the sausage making begin

Staci Matlock
editor@taosnews.com
Posted 1/16/20

The New Mexico State Legislature begins a short 30-day session at noon Tuesday (Jan. 21).

Taos County will have two familiar faces in new positions during the session: Roberto "Bobby" Gonzales was appointed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to fill the District 6 Senate seat. She also appointed Taos Mayor Dan Barrone to fill Gonzales' District 42 seat in the House of Representatives.

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Let the sausage making begin

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The New Mexico State Legislature begins a short 30-day session at noon Tuesday (Jan. 21).

Taos County will have two familiar faces in new positions during the session: Roberto "Bobby" Gonzales was appointed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to fill the District 6 Senate seat. She also appointed Taos Mayor Dan Barrone to fill Gonzales' District 42 seat in the House of Representatives.

Gonzales is highly familiar with the lawmaking process; Barrone is new as a lawmaker but familiar with many of the players (some of whom he went to St. Michael's High School with, including the governor).

Short sessions like this one focus largely on dividing up the money available in the state's coffer and largely on what the governor already indicates she will support.

It is tough for people in the north to make it down for committee hearings, but it is possible to keep tabs on issues important to you through the Legislature website at nmlegis.gov.

You can search for bills using key words or through lawmakers if you know who is sponsoring bills that matter to you.

Committee hearings are livestreamed so you can hear some of the debates over bills and watch the votes. Debates and votes on the Senate and House floors also are livestreamed.

The Taos News will collaborate with the Santa Fe New Mexican, which stations reporters at the Roundhouse during each session, to bring you stories of important bills.

Stay tuned and follow those stories in print, on taosnews.com and with our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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