Updated: June 17, 2020 05:19 PM
Created: June 17, 2020 04:04 PM
SANTA FE, N.M.- New Mexico lawmakers will return to the Roundhouse Thursday for a special legislative session.
COVID-safe practices will be in place to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.
The roundhouse will be closed to the public, but broadcasted online.
"If we're on the floor, and our webcam goes down, I think it's appropriate to pause, because there won't be anyone in the gallery," said Speaker of the House Brian Egolf. "I do think it's important that people be able to observe the business of the House. As I've been saying, we're going to have to be patient with one another."
The Legislative Finance Committee released its solvency framework. They want to cut a portion of 2020 special appropriations, cut back or eliminate new general fund initiatives, reduce the 4% across the board pay increase and use federal dollars to help.
As they try to address the $2 billion shortfall, the governor released her expectations during this session.
The governor's list includes tax relief by waiving penalties and interest, and loans for small businesses and local governments.
She's also asking for the consideration of a number of non-budget bills:
Police reform-- Proposals that would require police officers to wear body cameras, banning chokehold restraints, making police disciplinary history public record.
All that work will need to be completed before the new budget takes effect July 1.
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