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NM lawmakers pause floor sessions for the week

In this file photo from earlier this month, a sign explains why the state Capitol is closed to the public. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

SANTA FE — Neither the House nor Senate plans to hold another floor session this week.

It’s an unusual break, but without in-person public attendance, lawmakers aren’t dedicating much time to ceremonial duties, such as honoring guests or gathering to hear speeches from the governor and other elected officials.

The break also gives legislative staff time to print and analyze bills as committees hearings get going.

Much of the committee work this year is expected to be handled online through webconferencing programs.

The House is expected to come back for a floor session Monday. The Senate’s next floor session is scheduled Feb. 1.

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