SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico legislators continue Monday to work on fixing a budget shortfall amid pressure from Gov. Susana Martinez to also reinstate the death penalty.
Leaders of the Republican-led House plan Monday to unveil their caucus’ budget plan on Monday.
The Senate adjourned over the weekend after approving a slate of deficit reduction measures.
The House on Sunday approved a three-strikes criminal sentencing proposal.
The sentencing bill would expand the list of violent crimes that mandate life behind bars for a third conviction. A nearly identical bill approved by the House earlier this year was never voted on by the Senate.
It was unclear when or if the Senate would take up the proposal, one of three criminal justice initiatives backed by Martinez.