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Senate leader hospitalized after dizzy spell during floor session

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Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez was taken to a hospital for tests Friday, two weeks after he underwent a heart procedure.

The Belen Democrat wasn’t feeling well at midafternoon toward the end of the Senate floor session, according to other Senate leaders.

“He got dizzy, that’s all,” said Sanchez’s brother, former state House Speaker Raymond Sanchez of Albuquerque.

He described the majority leader’s hospitalization as precautionary, and said he was expected to be released from Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center after the testing was completed.

Michael Sanchez had an angioplasty and a stent procedure on Feb. 14 at an Albuquerque hospital, returning to the Capitol a few days later.

He also had been hospitalized in July for a heart-related emergency procedure.

Sanchez is one of the most powerful members of the Legislature, controlling what bills are heard on the Senate floor.

The 60-day session is entering its busiest period, the final couple of weeks. It ends March 16.
— This article appeared on page A4 of the Albuquerque Journal

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