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Key protections for LGBTQ+ New Mexicans signed into law

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law two important anti-discrimination bills that were championed by House Democrats March 24.

House Bill 207 extends the scope of the 1969 New Mexico Human Rights Act, clarifying that its discrimination protections apply to all state departments, agencies, institutions, political...

Bill to codify school-based health centers ensures quality healthcare services for students

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A bill that codifies school-based health centers into law passed Feb. 15 in the House and now heads to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to sign into law.

Senate Bill 397, sponsored by Sen. Nancy Rodriguez and Rep. Christine Trujillo statutorily protects school-based health centers by putting them in state statute and preventing them from being eliminated. The New Mexico Department of Health will continue to work with school districts interested in providing access to primary care and behavioral health services to children who need it.

“We are thrilled school-based health centers are on track to be codified in law,” Patrick M. Allen, DOH Cabinet Secretary, said. “Providing...

Gov. signs HB 7, reproductive, gender-affirming health care act

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law House Bill 7, the Reproductive and Gender-Affirming Health Care Act, Feb. 16. The bill prohibits public bodies, including local municipalities, from denying, restricting, or discriminating against an individual’s right to use or refuse reproductive health care or health care related to gender.

HB 7 is sponsored by Rep. Linda Serrato, Rep. Charlotte Little, Rep. Kristina Ortez, House Majority Whip Rep. Reena Szczepanski, and Rep. Janelle Anyanonu.

“New Mexicans in every corner of our state deserve protections for their bodily autonomy and right to health care,” Lujan Grisham said. “I’m grateful for the hard work of the...

New Mexico House, Senate pass critical forestry bills

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The New Mexico Legislature has passed two bills that enhance the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s Forestry Division's efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change and wildfires on forest lands. The two bills, HB 195 and SB 206, clear the way for the state Forestry Division to implement modern conservation techniques and practices that will increase natural landscape adaptation within New Mexico’s most vulnerable forests and watersheds.

House Bill 195, sponsored by Representatives Matthew McQueen and Greg Nibert and Senator Pat Woods, updates the Forest Conservation Act of 1939, which designated the State Forestry Division as the lead agency for wildfire...

Gov. signs bill to bolster state's financial stability

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Senate Bill 26 March 17, reinvesting some of the state’s oil and gas windfall in the Severance Tax Permanent Fund and lessening any impacts to the general fund from future volatility in the industry.

“This is yet another huge investment in New Mexico’s future,” Lujan Grisham said. "By responsibly reinvesting the record revenues we are seeing now, we ensure that future budgets are less dependent on the current state of the oil and gas industry."

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Bobby Gonzales, passed unanimously from both the House and Senate. Beginning in Fiscal Year 2025, SB 26 will automatically set aside excess oil and gas revenues and send them...
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