Legislature Meeting Against Election-Year Backdrop

Jan 17, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A plateful of problems, including a weak economy and struggling schools, await New Mexico's lawmakers when they to return to work for an election-year legislative session.

The Legislature's 30-day session convenes Tuesday against a potentially divisive political backdrop.

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is seeking re-election, and two of her Democratic challengers serve in the state Senate. All 70 members of the state House are up for election.

The legislative session is limited to the budget, taxes and measures the governor places on the agenda, which will include another attempt by Martinez to stop the state from issuing driver's licenses to immigrants in the country illegally.

Constitutional amendments to legalize marijuana and ban gay marriage are expected, but those will face strong opposition.