New Mexico lawmakers discuss criminal justice reform
December 04, 2018 05:25 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— A group of lawmakers met at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe Tuesday to discuss reforming the criminal justice system.
State representative and committee Co-Chairwoman Gail Chasey, a Democrat from Albuquerque, said they're in the process of endorsing bills and deciding which bills should become part of a criminal justice reform package during the upcoming legislative session.
"I had hoped to be further along but we accomplished so much,” Chasey said. “We put in so many extra days that we're all exhausted."
The committee has already endorsed several bills that deal with criminal justice reform. Many of the bills they're considering have previously been vetoed by Republican Governor Susana Martinez.
Democrats are hopeful that things will be different once Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham takes office.
"We can't put too many different things in one piece of legislation or it would constitute logrolling, so we have to actually have the attorneys in the council service figure out what fits into the big bill," Chasey said.
People should have a better idea of what bills will be introduced during the 2019 legislative session after Dec. 17, the first day for bills to be pre-filed.
The session begins on January 15.
Updated: December 04, 2018 05:25 PM
Created: December 04, 2018 05:15 PM
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