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Navigating the Legislature’s Website: Daily Calendars

>>Gwyneth: Hi, I’m Gwyneth. In this short video I will show you how to figure out what’s on the calendar each day at the state legislature using their website. Here’s the home page of the New Mexico State Legislature and we have a new tab this year, what’s happening. So, if you click here it will show you, which committees are supposed to be meeting on a given day, and what the floor calendars say. So, if we look at the House of Representatives, this tells you that this is the calendar for today and that it was updated at nine o’clock this morning. That’s pretty handy. If you click on this you can see that on today’s schedule is this list of bills. Now sometimes they actually follow this fairly closely. Sometimes they don’t, and there are many reasons for that, sometimes the bill isn’t ready, sometimes they have to accomplish something today that they didn’t know they had to do, but this gives you a pretty good idea of what’s going to be happening on a given day. Stuff on the Speaker’s table can come off anytime. If you look here at a committee calendar, for example, this is the committee schedule from Monday the 27th, and on this schedule is a list of, for example, what’s to be heard on Monday in the House Appropriations and Finance Committee. One of the new things that we have recently seen in this schedule is the ability to click on a bill straight out of the schedule and find out more about it. That seems pretty simple, but this is actually a huge, huge improvement over the way this thing used to work. On the Senate side, these look pretty much the same, but if you look at the overall committee schedule, this is a more web- friendly version, rather than the PDF and you can go through all of the committee’s and click through all of the bills. Now if you’re wondering if a specific bill is definitely going to be heard today, one way to try to figure that out is to contact one of the lawmakers on the list, or the chair’s office and ask. You might get an answer and they might not know. In the next video we will show you how to find out more about the committees and what they’re up to. If you have any questions, or you want to find out more information about what we’ve shown you in these videos, you can reach out and get in touch with us using the links on your screen.

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