Richardson is calling the legislature back into special session to complete a list of important items that didn't make it until the end of the session:
Moments after declaring the just-concluded legislative session as "the most productive session in New Mexico history," Gov. Bill Richardson said he still wants more.
Richardson announced Saturday he is calling lawmakers back on Tuesday for a special session to deal with a handful of issues that did not pass — campaign finance reform, creation of an ethics commission, public financing of campaigns, a transportation package for local roads, a methamphetamine registry act, an act giving rights to domestic partners and a bill to streamline the financing of local water systems.
"The Legislature and the governor passed some of the most significant, important laws, effecting all New Mexicans, but we still have business to finish," Richardson said.
The article goes into depth about whether or not these bill actually have the votes to pass or not and also raises some concerns about spending priorities. These are important considerations, but it must be noted that Bill Richardson has shown to be effective at producing votes for narrow pieces of legislation (see here) and if he wants the bills passed, he'll put his credibility on the line. All of these items would be great additions to our public and political system here in New Mexico. I noted before about the civil union legislation and water programs. It'll be interesting to see how this develops from here.
The fact remains, Richardson has already accomplished much more than others in his field. This would just be icing on the cake.