New Mexico governor postpones annual address to Legislature

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has delayed indefinitely her annual State of the State address amid the dangers and logistical challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lujan Grisham spokeswoman Nora Meyers Sackett says the speech will not take place at the opening of the Legislature on Tuesday as it traditionally would.

Ordinarily, the governor of New Mexico delivers a speech about current events, recent government accomplishments and legislative priorities to a joint session of the House and Senate also attended by Cabinet secretaries and justices of the state Supreme Court.

Governors including Wisconsin’s Tony Evers this year have opted for remote, pre-recorded State of State speeches.

New Mexico is confronting unprecedented economic and public health challenges amid the pandemic’s devastation as the Legislature convenes for a 60-day session.

Precautions due to security threats are on prominent display with State Police and National Guard troops standing guard at roadblocks encircling the Statehouse.

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