LAS CRUCES - Two bills by Republican lawmakers seeking to give the Legislature more authority over the public health regulations implemented by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in response to the COVID-19 pandemic were rejected Tuesday, Feb. 2.
Senate Bill 74, sponsored by state Senate Minority Leader Greg Baca, R-Belen, would have required legislative approval within 14 days after the filing of a public health order. The bill was wounded but not killed Wednesday, Feb. 3, in the Senate Public Affairs Committee. Instead of a vote to table, which would have stopped the bill, committee Chair Gerald Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque, gave Baca a chance to make changes and come back next week.