Governor, Dignitaries Join Sikh Community to Celebrate Opening of the New Mexico Legislature

January 19, 2007

Author: Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa

Source: Sikh News Network!OpenDocument

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, Attorney General Gary King and other public officials joined the New Mexico Sikh community at a special luncheon held in honor of the opening of the 48th New Mexico Legislative Session.

The opening session of the legislature took place on Tuesday, January 16th. During his remarks to the New Mexico House and Senate, Governor Bill Richardson outlined an aggressive legislative agenda that included improvements in the education and health care systems of the state. He also announced his plans to help New Mexico become an exporter of renewable energy, such as solar, wind and bio-mass, and called for all government buildings in New Mexico to run on renewable energy.

After the Governor’s remarks at the Legislative session, over 250 public officials and community leaders in the State came to a special luncheon hosted by the Sikh community. The luncheon was established by Yogi Bhajan and the Sikh community of New Mexico in 1995. Over the years, the luncheon has become a tradition on opening day.

The Governor spent time speaking with Sikh and other community leaders during the event. He gave a short address to the people attending the luncheon.

“This is a special day for all of us,” Governor Richardson said. “Yogi Bhajan is not here with us, but his spirit is very strong. There are a lot of political leaders here today. He helped us all. So let’s enjoy ourselves today and remember him.”