Legislative tidbits, Feb. 18

The New Mexican staff

Days remaining in session: 31

A vote for the exempts: On a party-line vote, the Senate Public Affairs Committee on Tuesday killed a measure (SB 424) that would cut the salaries of exempt state workers who make more than $75,000 by 10 percent.

Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort, R-Sandia Park, sponsored the measure.

In a news release, she said she is “receiving a lot of positive feedback from classified state employees who feel the bill makes things more equitable and they say it’s a morale boost to the entire classified state work force.”

Five Democrats on the committee voted to table the bill, effectively killing it. Three Republicans voted against tabling.

Pay the Chiropractor: A bill (HB561) pending in the House would require insurance companies to pay chiropractors the same reimbursement they pay to doctors for the same services.

Sponsored by Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, the bill is before the House Government and Urban Affairs Committee.

Looking Ahead: The Senate will have an early-morning floor session today so members can attend the funeral service of Patty Jennings, wife of Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings, who died over the weekend. The service is in Roswell.

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