- Associated Press - Saturday, January 24, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The leader of the New Mexico House of Representative wants committees under his watch to be punctual.

House Speaker Don Tripp sent a letter to new committee chairs Friday, asking that they meet on time. He says doing so would encourage New Mexicans to get involved in their government.

Committees are where lawmakers vet bills, take testimony from proponents and opponents and decide whether the measures should advance.

In the past, committees often ran hours behind schedule, leaving constituents waiting to testify. In some cases, the hearing of a bill could be put off for a day or more.

Tripp says committees that operate efficiently and effectively will better serve the people.

He also asked for committee leaders to plan their agendas as far in advance as possible to allow for adequate public notice.

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