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Monday, February 15, 2010

Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez Kills Webcasting Bill

All the wrong people are on a roll at the New Mexico Senate! Taxing tortillas! Killing domestic partnerships! Refusing to make the wealthy pay their fair share! Threatening to cut education, Medicaid and state agencies to shreds in the name of wisdom! Okaying carrying concealed guns into places where beer and wine are sold! Getting into a snit and tabling your own bill for Senate webcasting!

Senate Majority Floor Leader Michael Sanchez tonight took his webcasting bill SR1 off the table after trying to pass the bill without amendments while Senator Eric Griego was out of the room.

An amendment sponsored by Senator Griego would have added Senate committees to the webcasting bill. Senator Griego introduced a bill SR4 modeled after the House bill HR2, that would have provided for webcasting of Senate committees. The bill languished in the Senate Rules Committee since its introduction two weeks ago. The House passed a rules change providing webcasting of House committees earlier this session.

"Sadly, the biggest obstacle to transparency in the New Mexico Senate has been the Democratic leadership," Senator Eric Griego said in a written statement. "Last session the Democratic leadership orchestrated the gutting of webcasting on the Senate floor by restricting webcasting to one camera, which only shows part of the floor activity."

Despite ongoing efforts in the House to open up committees and floor sessions to webcasting, the Senate Democratic leadership has resisted similar reforms.

"Most legislation never makes it past the committee process," Senator Griego said. "The public needs to have reasonable web access to committees as well as the Senate floor to understand how decisions are being made and how Senators are voting."

February 15, 2010 at 08:27 PM in Ethics & Campaign Reform, NM Legislature 2010, Transparency, Web/Tech | Permalink

Comments

It is especially important to see how the legislators vote in the committees because there are so many bills killed in committee by tabling them, AND those vote tallies are not recorded because technically tabling a bill is not a final action.

Posted by: Ellen Wedum | Feb 15, 2010 10:18:57 PM

No wonder they don't want people to see them "working." They'd see how bullshit from the right and "conservative" Dems dominate everything

Posted by: Ed | Feb 15, 2010 11:15:09 PM

It is worth pointing out that, "the bullshit from the right" does not, did not, and will not include hiding from public view by obfuscating robust webcasting with a searchable archive. That "bullshit" seems to be carried by those from "the left".

Posted by: ched macquigg | Feb 16, 2010 9:26:05 AM

That's right Ched. The right wing trash in the legislature are proud of their stupidity, lies and bigotry. They want everyone to see it so fellow stupids, liars and bigots will vote for them.

Posted by: J.A. | Feb 16, 2010 9:58:59 AM

Do you ever wish your computer had an "unsend" button?

Posted by: ched macquigg | Feb 16, 2010 1:59:01 PM

I notice that Janice Arnold Jones just introduced a floor amendment to exempt lobbyists from the bill to ban lobbyists and contractors from making campaign donations. Hmmm...

Posted by: Old Dem | Feb 16, 2010 2:11:50 PM

That would surprise me. I don't suppose you have a bill number or anything so I could look it up.

Posted by: ched macquigg | Feb 16, 2010 3:33:35 PM

I will offer my conjecture, I spead for no one save myself.

The substitute bill that JAJ offered would have prohibited lobbyists from bundling contributions, thereby hiding the identity of the contributor. (a good thing) It would have allowed lobbyists to make contributions to political candidates of their choosing as an exercise of their constitutionally protected human right to free speech, (also, a good thing)

I don't see the problem.

Posted by: ched macquigg | Feb 16, 2010 4:56:09 PM

You wouldn't Ched

Posted by: Old Dem | Feb 16, 2010 5:03:29 PM

Thank you for your ad hominem attack and the vindication it provides to my argument.

Posted by: ched macquigg | Feb 16, 2010 6:56:31 PM

Arnold Jones-caught in the act

Posted by: Sean | Feb 16, 2010 7:08:30 PM

Caught in the act of disallowing bundling of campaign contributions and protecting free speech. From who else beside lobbyists, would you take free speech rights?

If you have contacted any of your legislators on any issue, you are a lobbyist. Did you also contribute to their political campaign?

Seriously, how old are you?

Posted by: ched macquigg | Feb 16, 2010 7:13:16 PM