Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham delivers her State of the State Address in January 2020. The Democratic Governor will deliver her address remotely from the Governor’s office next week due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (Eddie Moore/Diary)

SANTA FE — For the second year in a row, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham will not be delivering her State of the State Address from House Chambers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor’s office said Friday that the governor would instead deliver remarks remotely from his office on Tuesday, which is the opening day of a 30-day legislative session.

Unlike last year, when Lujan Grisham’s pre-recorded remarks were released to lawmakers a week after the start of the legislative session, this year’s governor’s speech will be streamed live on the governor’s website and Facebook page. . It will also be broadcast live by KNME-TV.

The speech is expected to focus on some of Lujan Grisham’s top priorities for the session, including reducing the gross state revenue tax rate, increasing public school teacher salaries and increasing penalties for certain criminal offences.

A spokeswoman for Lujan Grisham said the decision to deliver the speech remotely was made out of “an excess of caution” and to protect the health of lawmakers, legislative staff and members of the public.

Typically, the Governor’s State of the State address is delivered in the chambers of the House with all 112 legislators present. Other New Mexico elected officials also run frequently, as well as members of the state judiciary.

The 30-day session officially begins Tuesday at noon.

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