This week, during a special session to address a looming, $600 million budget crisis, New Mexico’s House Republicans quietly passed a bill to reinstate the death penalty. And opponents claim they did so in order to curry favor before Election Day in November. The legislative session took place over the course of seven days. But just before midnight on Wednesday, at 11:57 p.m, Republican representatives added a death penalty bill to the speaking calendar, which would put capital punishment sentences back on the table for people who murder children, police officers, or officers working in the penal system. Soon after 6 a.m., the bill passed by a vote of 36 to 30, in addition to a last-minute budget deal.