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House and Senate bickering again on boards bill

UPDATED: The House and Senate are at odds again.

The two legislative chambers -- both controlled by Republicans -- blew up earlier this session with disagreements about Senate Bill 10, a bill that sweeps clean many state boards and commissions. That is, until the House and Senate conference committee agreed on a version Wednesday.

But now that compromise is off. The Senate approved the conference report Thursday but the House unanimously rejected it. (See more about the changes below.) Sen. Tom Apodaca, the lead Senate sponsor, appeared frustrated. He suggested the bill is done in its current form. "We are not going back to the table on Senate bill 10," he said. "I guess it’s dead."

The bill could be revived with parliamentary moves, or folded into a different bill.

Emerging from conference, bill restricts state's study of climate change

In a closed-door conference committee, Republican lawmakers appeared to add a provision to a bill that would prohibit any state agency from developing or implementing a plan to address climate change unless authorized by the legislature .

The new language appears in Senate Bill 10 -- a controversial measure that sweeps clean several key boards and commissions, wiping off Democratic appointees to make room for GOP favorites. The Senate rushed the bill through early in the session but the House balked and wrote its own version. The bill emerged from a secretive conference committee Wednesday and appears on the House calendar for action Thursday. It's not clear whether the House will consider the measure today.

Controversial commissions bill dramatically rewritten in House committee


The controversial Senate bill sweeping out members of key state commissions has been substantially rewritten in the House, where a committee on Wednesday morning approved the new version.

Sen. Tom Apodaca, the bill's prime sponsor, was invited to address the committee, and he made it clear he wasn't happy.

"This is not a good way to start the session," he said.

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