HB 393, sponsored by Rep. Joseph Cervantes, that would open legislative committee meetings to the public passed unanimously in the House today, by a vote of 66-0. A senate version of the bill, SB 150, is currently in the Rules Committee.
On another front, Sen. Mary Kay Papen's SB 20, which would reorganize the state's affordable housing programs, passed through the Senate unanimously, and now moves to the House. The housing program collapsed in 2006 when the Albuquerque regional housing authority defaulted on bonds owed to the state. Attorney General Gary King has been investigating allegations of widespread misuse of funds. If passed into law the bill would require far more stringent oversight.