Fun_People Archive
8 Mar
The New Mexico Report

Date: Wed,  8 Mar 95 18:00:55 PST
From: Peter Langston <psl>
To: Fun_People
Subject: The New Mexico Report

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CEO comments:
At least our New Mexico legislators aren't still locked in debate 
over the Official New Mexico State Question [Red or Green?]. Jim
[In case you don't remember, that's the chili debate...  -psl]

CEO document contents:  
         Just file this under All That Psychological Mumbo-Jumbo:
         From the THE NEW MEXICAN, Santa Fe, NM, newspaper, Monday 3/6/95
         Mark Oswald, staff writer, reporting in his column, Capitol Chronicle,
         on the current two-month New Mexico legislative session
         During discussion by the Senate of a serious piece of legislation
         concerning the psychology profession last week, Sen. Duncan Scott,
         R-Albuquerque, proposed an amendment. It says:
         "When a psychologist or psychiatrist testifies during a defendant's
         competancy hearing, the psychologist or psychiatrist shall wear a
         cone-shaped hat that is not less than 2 feet tall. The surface of the
         hat shall be imprinted with stars and lightning bolts.
         "Additionally, a psychologist or psychiatrist shall be required to don
         a white beard that is not less than 18 inches in length, and shall
         punctuate crucial elements of his testimony by stabbing the air with a
         wand. Whenever a psychologist or psychiatrist provides expert
         testimony regarding the defendant's competancy, the bailiff shall
         contemporaneously dim the courtroom lights and administer two strikes
         to a Chinese gong."
         Usually, anything proposed by Scott - whose hard-core conservatism is
         like cod liver oil for the Senate's Democratic majority - goes
         nowhere. But his wizard-hat amendment was warmly received and passed
         by a voice vote. It is now part of Sen. Richard Romero's psychologist
         bill, as the measure moves to the House.
         Mark Oswald, in the same column:
         Here are the 1995 (New Mexico) Legislature's Top 10 bill titles,
         chosen after intense study of the Legislature's official daily bill
         locator: 1) Unlawful Attack by a Dog; 2) Sewage Lagoon; 3) Llama
         Definition; 4) Disposal of Bodies; 5) Foot Treatments; 6) Disabled
         Vehicle Registration; 7) Centralized Kitchen; 8) Drive in Right-Hand
         Lane; 9) Red or Green?; and 10) Excessive Weight Permits.

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