Monday, March 16, 2009
Breaking News: HB 185 Passes Senate Unanimously
HB 185, merging five domestic mutual water systems into one Authority, passed through the Senate unanimously at about 9:15 p.m. this evening. Several of the legislators from Southern Dona Ana County were able to maneuver to have the bill voted on this evening, including Sen. Cynthia Nava, who yielded her turn on the floor on other business to enable several visitors from the South Mesilla Valley, who have been following the bill, to witness the vote before returning home. Sen. Mary Kay Papen ushered the bill through the Senate after it passed through the House last week. The bill now goes to the governor's office, and it will become law unless the governor vetoes it within the next three days. The governor's office has indicated it is in support of the bill.