Is a bill to ease impact of power plant’s closure dead?

A statue outside the Roundhouse in Santa Fe.

Heath Haussamen /

A statue outside the Roundhouse in Santa Fe.

Rep. Rod Montoya, R-Farmington, put a lot of time, energy, negotiating and general hard-headedness into a bill aimed at easing the economic woes of San Juan County, which could be hit hard when Public Service Company of New Mexico eventually closes the coal-burning San Juan Generating Station.

Montoya was able to get House Bill 325 through the House earlier this week on a bipartisan 44-25 vote. But after the vote Montoya said, “Time is not on our side.”

And he was right.

On Wednesday, when the bill went to the Senate, it was assigned to the Conservation Committee.

But there was one major problem. With only hours left in the session, that committee isn’t scheduled to meet. That means, barring any unexpected last-minute action, the bill will die there.

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