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Clock ticking down on daylight saving bill

BC-US-SCI-Leap-Second-IMG-jpg.jpgSANTA FE — Time appears to be running out on a bill that would have saved New Mexicans from changing their clocks twice a year.

Under last-minute pressure on lawmakers to convene on the House floor to complete a state budget, the daylight saving time bill withered in the House Judiciary Committee on Friday morning. The bill already had passed the Senate.

Rep. Gail Chasey, D-Albuquerque, chairwoman of the committee, said Friday in a brief morning committee meeting that Senate Bill 239 would require a long discussion that the committee wasn’t likely to have time for.

She said measures to change the Electoral College system and the state Livestock Board enforcement process also were not likely to be heard because they would require lengthy debate.

This year’s bid to keep the state on daylight saving time year-round made it deeper into the session than similar attempts in previous years.