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Technical issues plague legislative website

The Roundhouse. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

SANTA FE — It was almost like the old days at the Roundhouse on Thursday night, as you had to be in the building in order to catch the House’s debate of a high-profile gun bill.

That’s because a problem with the Legislature’s internet service provider incapacitated the live webcasting and eventually led to the entire website being shut down for testing.

The problem was fixed by this morning said Raúl Burciaga, the director of the Legislative Council Service, who added that all webcasts of legislative committee hearings and floor sessions were still recorded and are archived on the Legislature’s website —

He also said the snafu was caused by a faulty circuit card at the Legislature’s internet service provider in Albuquerque.

The Senate first started streaming video of its floor sessions in 2009, and the House followed suit a year later.

Both chambers eventually added webcasting of committee hearings, and began archiving their legislative webcasts in 2017.

This week’s technical issues occurred at one of the session’s busiest junctures, as the House floor session extended until after midnight last night.

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