...at least based on the number of calls on my voicemail this morning from classified employees who say the practice has gotten out of hand.
On Monday, and without knowing what the other was doing, both Rep. Nate Cote and Sen. John Ryan introduced bills limiting the number of exempts. Cote's bill is here. Ryan's isn't posted yet. Cote's measure reduces the number by 180, Ryan's limits the number to 220.
It's unclear how far those bills could make it, but the issue has traction and is sure to be much talked about. Gov. Bill Richardson's office, when asked for comment on Cote's bill, declined, saying it was "based on bad information."
See my story in today's paper here.