At last, after the regular 60 day Session of the New Mexico Legislature failed to act on a capital outlay package, the Special Session called today just ended with the successful passage of that bill.
Rep. Doreen Gallegos, District 52 (D), said, “After a difficult and combative 60 day Session, we were able to come back for a quick four hour Special Session and pass a bill that will bring substantial dollars to Dona Ana County. I was very committed to completing this session in order to bring back funding for projects in my District,” she said.
Gallegos continued, “We were working under a very restricted agenda. We will be back in six months and can consider other issues in the 2016 Session however.”
Finally Gallegos said, “At times compromise is difficult but when you look at doing good work for the people that sent you, politics needs to be set aside to complete the job. The Democrats and Republicans were able to do that today,” Gallegos concluded.
Gallegos was especially busy during the Special Session since she serves on House Appropriations and Finance Committee. Her committee was one of only two House committees that met today.
Projects that Gallegos was able to secure funding for include, the Anthony Youth Farm and Adams Ball Park in Anthony, La Clinica de Famila, Jardin de los Ninos, a drainage project in Bernino and a new roof for the community center in Vado. She was also able to secure funds for road projects in her district, projects at NMSU, capital funds for the Dona Ana County Sheriffs Department and the film initiative in Dona Ana County. With these projects, Gallegos has brought over two million dollars in projects and program monies to District 52 and throughout the county during her tenure. She has announced her intention to run for reelection in 2016.
All the bills passed during the Special Session now go to the desk of Governor Susana Martinez.