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Is New Mexico’s 816-Page ‘Everything But Marriage’ Bill Destined to Fail? 8 Ball Says Yes

New Mexico’s “everything but marriage” domestic partnerships bill appears to be dying a slow death, as lawmakers push it to a third committee for review.

With Gov. Bill Richardson demanding state senators vote on the bill, it now needs to make its way out of two committees (it already cleared one), then score approval by the entire Senate floor, plus the Assembly — all within the next 15 days, when the state’s legislative session expires. Says Democratic Sen. Eric Griego: “Three committee assignments would kill this bill.” So too might its length: The bill is 816 pages.