Friday, March 13, 2009

Senate to consider open conference committees bill

After a little jockeying, Sen. Dede Feldman, D-Albuquerque, was able on Thursday night to send her measure to open conference committees on to the Senate floor.

Feldman had to take some unusual steps this session to get her bill to the Senate floor, perhaps a sign of her frustration with the resistance this bill has met over the years, and most recently in the Senate Rules Committee, where another bill she introduced that does the same thing had been sitting for weeks.

No word yet on when the bill could be heard by all 42 senators. A similar bill passed the House and is waiting in the Senate Rules Committee -- the same place the House bill by Rep. Joe Cervantes is pending.

Don't expect the conference committees bill to be heard in the Senate any time too soon, though. The chamber today likely will consider the death penalty repeal, and I'm told, a bill that would allow webcasting from the Senate floor, among other things.

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