Legislators announce return to in-person committee hearings

Santa Fe, NM (AP) –New Mexico legislators will return in July to in-person committee meetings amid evidence of retreating coronavirus infections and risks, the state House speaker announced Monday.

Legislative hearings have been conducted largely by web conference since the spring of 2020 as a precaution against the pandemic.

“We’re going to return to our normal protocol of in-person meetings just like before the pandemic,” Democratic House Speaker Brian Egolf of Santa Fe told a panel of leading legislators via videoconference.

The Capitol building reopened to the public last week and a lead budget-writing committee gathered on the floor of the House of Representatives to hear testimony from a top state health official and other experts.

Also Monday, Democrats appointed a new task force on rural economic opportunity and shuffled leadership posts on some year-round committees.

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