Here’s another excerpt of the ongoing debate in the House over whether lawmakers should adopt a substitute to HB78:
Rep. Eliseo Alcon, D-Milan – “We are not letting the public to have a hearing. We blasted it out with a majority of two votes. And we left the rest of the people of New Mexico hanging. We just told the people of New Mexico that we don’t care what you think; it’s our way.”
“We are not allowing the people to have any say, because the governor has asked us to blast this out of committee.”
“It was never taken to the public. This morning we got a substitute of this. A copy of this substitute was thrown in front of us. How can we do this? This is not the correct way to serve our people of the great state of New Mexico.”
Rep. Donald Bratton, R-Hobbs – I think the body understands the motion to substitute. We’ve done this in my ten years here many, many times. We need to clearly get a vote on whether to adopt the substitute and get to the meat of the debate.