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House adopts rule to shed light on tabling motions

The Roundhouse

SANTA FE — The state House will operate with a bit more transparency next year.

Legislators passed a rule change late Wednesday requiring the chamber to release a public tally of how each member voted when a bill is tabled in a committee meeting, a procedure commonly used to reject legislation. The tally would be published on the Legislature’s website.

The new rule was sought by House Minority Leader James Townsend, an Artesia Republican who said it would give the public more information about what happens in House committees.

Two committees are exempt from the new rule — the House Appropriations and Finance Committee and the Taxation and Revenue Committee. Those committees often table bills only to revive them later as part of broader spending or tax bills.

The rule, which was passed 63-0, will go into effect next session.

“This is a huge win for the people of New Mexico,” Townsend said. “The more clarity we provide into the process in Santa Fe, the better.”

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