Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Opinions Divided on Who Breaks Tie Vote.

Byline: David Miles Journal Capitol Bureau

SANTA FE A potential tie vote for Senate president pro tem raises a slew of constitutional and procedural questions about what would happen next.

Could Lt. Gov. Walter Bradley, who presides over the Senate, cast the tie-breaking vote?

Would the state Supreme Court consider the matter?

Would the Senate be without one of its leadership positions, at least temporarily?

The questions arose after Sen. Richard Romero defeated fellow Albuquerque Democrat Sen. Manny Aragon by a 21-20 vote for the president pro tem position on Wednesday.

Aragon on Thursday said Sen. Linda Lopez, an Albuquerque Democrat who was hospitalized to give birth, should have a chance to vote when the Senate meets again on Monday. …

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