- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico state senator wants the Legislature’s interim joint committee on health and welfare issues to get permanent year-round status.

Democratic Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino of Albuquerque says the change would enable the House-Senate committee to meet more often and dig deeper into health and welfare issues, as other year-round committees do with fiscal and education matters.

According to the Albuquerque Journal ( https://goo.gl/KTFFC2 ), the Albuquerque Democrat says health and welfare issues such as health insurance, child protection and care of the aging deserve more attention from lawmakers.

Republican Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort of Sandia Park says she doesn’t see a need for the proposed change. She says the committee has excellent staff and has done good work.

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