Days remaining in session: 58
Feed bill passes House
The Legislature’s 60-day session will cost taxpayers $138,778 a day.
A bill to pay for operations of the session was approved on Wednesday by the House. There was no debate or questions about the spending measure before it passed unanimously and was sent to the Senate for consideration.
The measure, known as the “feed bill,” provides $8.3 million for the expected costs of the legislative session. That’s about 5.7 percent more than lawmakers appropriated for the most recent 60-day session, in 2007.
However, the $8 million is about 21 percent higher than the actual expenses of the 2007 session.
Green Jobs Cabinet
Economic Development Secretary Fred Mondragon today will introduce the members of the Green Jobs Cabinet, an initiative Gov. Bill Richardson talked about Tuesday in his State of the State speech. Mondragon will also give details about the cabinet.
The group “will coordinate workforce training, economic development and education initiatives to develop New Mexico’s clean energy economy,” according to the Governor’s Office.
Still not sure where to park?
Parking near the Capitol is bad and set to get worse. But the Legislature has posted information on free shuttles on its Web site, www.nmlegis.gov. There is an aerial map of places that have free parking with shuttle service to the Roundhouse.
• New Mexicans Concerned About Tobacco plan to release results of a public opinion survey about tobacco taxes as well as talk about its efforts to protect the state’s Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Act at 10 a.m. today in the Capitol Rotunda.
ª Today is Sanctity of Life Day at the Roundhouse. Pro-life advocates are expected to march from St. Francis Cathedral Basilica to the Capitol for a 2 p.m. rally. Archbishop Michael Sheehan, Sen. Bill Sharer, R-Farmington, and Rep. Nora Espinoza, R-Roswell, are among those expected to participate. Last year, organizers say, more than 1,500 New Mexicans marched to show opposition to abortion.
Quote of the day
“Energy and Natural Resources will not meet this session because there is no money,”
— Rep. James Roger Madalena, D, Jemez Pueblo, joking on the House floor during a segment in which representatives make announcements about when committees meet.