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Tue July 19, 2011
Legislators Suggest Sept. 12 For Special Session
By KRWG News
New Mexico – SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) Legislative leaders are suggesting Sept. 12 for the start of a special session of the Legislature on redistricting.
A spokesman for Gov. Susana Martinez said Monday she hasn't settled on a session date but is looking at calling lawmakers back to work in early September.
It's up to the governor to set the session agenda and Martinez wants lawmakers to consider issues besides redistricting, including a politically thorny proposal to ban driver's licenses for illegal immigrants.
The Legislative Council has voted to recommend a Sept. 12 session start date.
The council's co-chairmen sent a letter to the governor asking the session be dedicated to redistricting. They suggested that potentially divisive legislation should be handled separately in a second special session, which could be held immediately after the redistricting session.
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