2014 Legislative Session ends in drama

New Mexico Roundhouse, Legislature, New Mexico Legislature, krqe.com

SANTA FE (KRQE) – It’s over. The final gavel came down on the 2014 Legislative Session at noon.

After the budget got done Wednesday, it looked like the session would stroll to the finish. But a late move on a package to save the lottery scholarship fund turned it into a wild sprint.

With about an hour to go, the house approved a massive change to the program to more evenly distribute money in the fund and make it solvent in the long term.

The original bill would have given preference to college freshmen and sophomores over juniors and seniors.

With just three minutes to go in the session, the senate agreed with the amendment sending the bill to the governor’s desk.

Meanwhile the one thing that had to get done, the state’ budget, was sent to the governor’s desk Wednesday after a deal was struck on education spending.

A lot didn’t get done.

Democrats didn’t get a minimum wage constitutional amendment… Republicans didn’t get a law governor martinez has pushed for to repeal the law issuing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.

A controversial incentive that would give manufacturers discounts on their power bills while raising everyone else’s power bills died as well.

KRQE News 13 will have more on what happened and what didn’t this legislative session coming up in our later newscast.

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