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At the Roundhouse

Daily roundups of the N.M. legislative session by John Robertson

At the Roundhouse: Outta here

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“Harry, throw me that canteen. I haven’t got enough spit left to wet a stick of gum.”

That’s Sheriff Morey Johnson in “Lonely Are the Brave,” looking up Movie Trail in the Sandias as Jack Burns and Whiskey try to make it over the top.

Those are about my feelings on the matter. And here’s a quick look at the 30-day New Mexico legislative session that ended shortly after noon on Thursday.attheroundhouse-150x150

Check back to ABQjournal.com for more updates today and a big look-back on Sunday.

Survivors: Lawmakers endorsed and sent to Gov. Susana Martinez in the final two minutes of the 30-day session a measure by Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Albquerque, to shore up New Mexico’s struggling college lottery scholarship fund with liquor tax money.

Also awaiting governor’s approval is a $6.2 billion state budget with new public school money.

Lawmakers sent her a $233 million severance tax bond capital outlay package in Thursday’s final hours..

Left on the floor: Electricity subsidies for new industry; constitutional amendment for minimum wage increase; constitutional amendment for early childhood education programs.

Time-keeping: Senate adjourned 12:11 p.m. House adjourned 12:01 p.m.

Last gasps: House delegation just serenaded senators with a sine die song. Rep. Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, the chorus leader. Senators still offering tributes.

But they’re done.

House already adjourned. Lt. Gov. John Sanchez thanking Senate Chief Clerk Lenore Naranjo and rest of staff. Missed it but sure that House Chief Clerk Steve Arias and crew were thanked in the House.

Building will be empty — except for reporters and maintenance staff — in an hour.

Minus two: Senate concurs on voice vote to House amending of Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez’ s lottery scholarship fix. It’s passed.

Heard only a couple/few dissents.

Tributes to efforts by Sanchez from Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen, D-Las Cruces, and formerly disgruntled Senate Education Committee Chairman John  Sapien, D-Corrales.

Minus seven minutes: Senate starts debate on concurrence to House amendment to Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez lottery scholarship fix.

Hour to go: Looks like the lottery scholarship fix is the eleventh-hour biggie.

House in dramatic fashion right around 11 a.m. returned to the Senate the lottery scholarship fix bill by Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen.

Senate concurrence with a House amendment needed with less than an hour left in the session for bill to pass the Legislature.

Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, conveyed a Sanchez message for urgent action on the bill and return to the Senate. Egolf asked members who wanted to talk to step down.

They did and House Speaker Ken. Martinez, D-Grants, called for the vote. The amended Sanchez measure passed the House 66-1 and returned to the Senate.

Capital outlay: House concurred earlier in the day with Senate amendments on a $233 million capital outlay package, including $86 million for water projects. It’s on to the gov.

Countdown: They’re in and legislating toward noon.

The Senate convened at 8:42 a.m. on the final morning of the 2014 regular session. The House started at 8:50 a.m.

They’ve got the budget done, and Gov. Susana Martinez sounded receptive. But a fix for the financially troubled lottery scholarship fund and capital outlay projects, including the water ones, were  pending.

Constitutional adjournment of the 30-day legislative session is at noon.

Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ … Keep those dogies movin’ ! In case you want to sing along, Frankie Laine lyrics slightly reordered:

Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’.
Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’.
Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’.
Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’.
Rawhide!
Hah! Hah!

Keep rollin’, rollin’, rollin’,
Though the streams are swollen,
Keep them dogies rollin’, rawhide.
Through rain and wind and weather,
Hell bent for leather,
Wishin’ my gal was by my side.
All the things I’m missin’,
Good vittles, love, and kissin’,
Are waiting at the end of my ride.

Move ‘em out, head ‘em up,
Head ‘em up, move ‘em on.
Move ‘em out, head ‘em up:
Rawhide.
Cut ‘em out, ride ‘em in,
Ride ‘em in, cut ‘em out,
Cut ‘em out, ride ‘em in:
Rawhide!

Movin’, movin’, movin’,
Though they’re disapprovin’,
Keep them dogies movin’, rawhide.
Don’t try to understand ‘em,
Just rope an’ throw an’ brand ‘em.
Soon we’ll be living high and wide.

Double takes: Wonders never cease in the New Mexico Legislature.

My jaw dropped when Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen,  announced the chamber was through for the night at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, the final night of the 30-day session.

The House, which has long seemed more insistent on getting its beauty sleep, shut its floor session down at 10:38 p.m.

Whatever happened to the rodeo nights when the only buzzer was adjournment sine die and you just hung on hell or high water?

Maybe it’s the drought. Maybe it’s no Manny.

At any rate, the Senate session Wednesday night, with Sanchez, Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and Minority Whip Bill Payne, R-Albuquerque, most visibly running the show, was as orderly as I’ve ever seen.

I didn’t know what to think of Majority Whip Tim Keller, D-Albuquerque,  announcing on the floor that a constituent had stocked his office with “growlers,” but maybe it was just good-natured exuberance.

There were a few tiffs in the House and another mysterious Sandra Jeff moment during the minimum wage debate, but Speaker Ken Martinez, D-Grants, seemed to keep a lid on things.

 

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