Local legislators share priorities

Kevin Wilson

The New Mexico Legislature begins noon Tuesday in Santa Fe.

The Legislature has two different types of sessions.

In odd years, the session runs 60 days and is full of legislation that encompasses nearly everything one could imagine.

In even years like 2012, the session is 30 days long and is limited mostly to the state budget. Any non-budget item needs pre-authorization from Gov. Susana Martinez.

We made attempts to contact area legislators — and were successful getting everybody except Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales; and Rep. George Dodge, D-Santa Rosa — and asked them about their legislation and their top priorities.

Here’s what they told us: