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New Mexico Senate leader to wait on lawmaker's fate

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The Associated Press
September 10, 2019 02:52 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico legislative leaders apparently will take a wait-and-see approach on whether embattled Democratic Sen. Richard Martinez gets to keep his post on a key Senate committee.
    
Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen tells the Albuquerque Journal that Senate leaders are waiting for a resolution in Martinez's court case.
    
Martinez has pleaded not guilty to aggravated drunken driving and reckless driving charges following a June arrest. Police say he slammed into the back of another vehicle that was stopped at a red light in Espanola.
    
Police lapel video showed Martinez responding to officers with slurred speech following the crash. He refused a breath test to determine his blood-alcohol level.
    
Martinez says he has no plans to resign, even if convicted. He's currently chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
    

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