Newest government form helps determine legislative agenda

October 24, 2019 GMT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has distributed survey forms to legislators in a break with tradition as she weighs what initiatives to allow in next year’s rapid-fire 30-day legislative session.

Priorities ranging from gun control to marijuana legalization are vying for limited room on the agenda when lawmakers convene in January to craft an annual budget.

Lujan Grisham spokesman Tripp Stelnicki confirmed Wednesday that request forms have been distributed to lawmakers to ensure proposals are reviewed.

Democratic Senate President Mary Kay Papen says the forms are a new approach in her 19 years of legislative experience.

The 2020 agenda remained a mystery Wednesday at the Statehouse amid impassioned discussions of whether to allow courts to temporarily seize guns from people believed to be a danger to themselves or others.