SANTA FE – For more than 50 years, New Mexico has held annual legislative sessions that vary in length – 30 days in even-numbered years and 60 days in odd-numbered ones.
But a Democratic state senator is pushing a change to the state’s Constitution that would set the length of sessions at 42 days – in both odd and even-numbered years.
Sen. Joseph Cervantes of Las Cruces said the idea is intended to make it easier for lawmakers with full-time jobs to serve in the Legislature.
“I’m trying to double down on the idea of a citizen Legislature,” Cervantes told the Journal. “A two-month session makes it very difficult for anyone who’s not retired or paid to be here.”