Updated: June 15, 2020 05:18 PM
Created: June 15, 2020 04:00 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Republican lawmakers do not believe the special legislative session should be used to address police reform, which the governor said would be one of her priorities.
Republicans want lawmakers to focus on the state budget, which faces a $2.4 billion deficit due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to policing, the governor wants lawmakers to change election laws to allow for expanded mail-in voting in November. The governor has said she is worried about large groups attempting to go to the polls during a pandemic.
Republicans leaders say those ideas require debate and witnesses, which will be challenging during a special session that will not allow the public to enter the Roundhouse due to COVID-19 concerns.
"The budget issues and the economic problems we're having in the state-- for the time that's been allocated in the special session-- should take all of the time for us to focus on these issues," said. Rep. Rod Montoya. "They're going to rush that issue and piggyback all these other issues at a time when we aren't prepared to address these issues."
The governor and democratic leaders have publicly stated that using the special session to address voting issues before November and police reform at a time when many in the state are demanding it is important.
Republicans don't argue i's importance, their leadership thinks the issues should be taken up during the next regularly-scheduled legislative session in January.
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