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Budget, police body cameras, voting expected to be priorities during special session

Nathan O'Neal
Updated: June 10, 2020 06:10 PM
Created: June 10, 2020 04:29 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The governor wants lawmakers to address numerous issues, in addition to the budget, during the special legislative session.

Gov. Lujan Grisham believes lawmakers should take up police reform. The governor wants the state to require agencies to use body cameras.


"This is another civil rights movement in this country, and not doing everything that you have the power to do when you have considerable power is wrong," Gov. Lujan Grisham said.

The governor also wants lawmakers to explore the voting process-- especially because of the COVID-19 threat. 

She wants lawmakers to look into the idea of extending time for absentee mail-in ballots or implementing an emergency mail-in election system, or a hybrid of the two. 

"New Mexicans should expect that we will have something together-- that can get final shaping in the special session that I would be prepared to sign," the governor said. 

While body cameras and voting will be on the table, additional revenue sources, including recreational marijuana and taxes for health insurance providers, will have to wait.

"I think the special session is not the format to address either of those-- given that there's still a lot of questions about how they get done and what they really are," the governor said.

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