SANTA FE – A bipartisan bill that would require more transparency in New Mexico’s system for funding infrastructure projects ran into bipartisan opposition in a Senate committee Friday.
After several rural lawmakers raised concerns about its impact, the bill failed to advance out of the Senate Rules Committee on 5-6 vote. Although the bill could be revived, the action means it’s unlikely to be approved during this year’s 60-day session.
Two Democratic senators – Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen of Las Cruces and Clemente Sanchez of Grants – joined with the committee’s four GOP members to prevent the legislation from advancing.
Sanchez defended the state’s current process, saying there is “nothing corrupt” about the capital outlay system.