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Mon September 12, 2011
Gridlock At The Special Session
By KRWG News
New Mexico – The Legislature enters a second week of a special session with no agreements on how to redraw boundaries of legislative and congressional districts.
Republicans in the House on Monday complained the session was moving too slowly and they questioned why lawmakers aren't considering issues other than redistricting.
Democratic leaders have said the Legislature will deal with redistricting first and then decide whether to take up proposals by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, including a measure to halt driver's licenses for illegal immigrants.
Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez and House Speaker Ben Lujan said there's no consensus yet on redistricting among Democrats, who hold majorities in the House and Senate.
Lawmakers must adjust boundaries to try to deal with populations changes during the past decade.
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.