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All quiet at the Roundhouse, as solvency debate looms

SANTA FE — The 60-day legislative session got off to a roaring start this week, but today has been a quiet one at the state Capitol.

The House met only briefly this morning, and put off a┬ádebate — and vote — on a package of four solvency related bills since they were not properly listed on the chamber’s calendar.

House Speaker Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, who was elected to the powerful post earlier this week, called it a “rookie mistake” and said the House will instead act tomorrow on the solvency bills.

Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Nate Gentry, R-Albuquerque, said GOP lawmakers would push several changes to the solvency bills and planned to meet today with top-ranking Democrats to go over the proposed amendments.

The Senate, having already passed its own $262 million solvency package, took today off to allow staff to catch up on bill printing and other tasks and will reconvene on Monday.

Most legislative committees will also begin holding hearings next week. You can find schedules for both the House and Senate by clicking here.