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Gov. Lujan Grisham signs executive order to transform the Children, Youth and Families Department

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SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an executive order on Feb. 17 that will transform the way New Mexico serves and protects the state’s most vulnerable children and families. The order requires immediate changes in how the Children, Youth, and Families Department operates and sets out a long-term vision for...

Legislation to codify school-based health centers passes first committee

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The New Mexico Department of Health applauded the bipartisan passage of Senate Bill 397 from the Senate Education Committee to codify school-based health centers in New Mexico law. It now moves to the Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Nancy Rodriguez and Rep. Christine Trujillo.

“When students are healthy, they are able to learn, grow and thrive,” Dr. Laura Parajon, Deputy Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Health, said. “We are committed to bringing healthcare where children are and school-based health centers provide access to students who might not have otherwise gotten care.”

School based health centers have operated in...

Feb. 20 is Veterans Day at 2023 legislature

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Military Veterans, National Guard/Reserve members, and active service members will be honored at the State Capitol in Santa Fe on Feb. 20 on Military and Veterans Day at the 2023 Legislature.

This annual day during the legislative session is presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services and the New Mexico National Guard to honor active-duty service members and veterans for their sacrifice and service for the country.

The day will feature informational tables staffed by DVS, NMNG, the New Mexico VA Health Care System, VA’s Veterans Benefits Administration Albuquerque office, veterans groups, and community service organizations in the east and west wings of the Rotunda...

Updated "Bennie's Bill" headed to House Floor

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SANTA FE – “Bennie’s Bill,” which would hold adults who recklessly store firearms accountable if a child uses that firearm to commit a crime, passed the House Judiciary Committee today on a party line vote of 7-4. The bill is named after Bennie Hargrove, the Washington Middle School (Albuquerque) student fatally shot by another student who used his father's improperly stored gun in August 2021.

House Bill 9 holds adults accountable for making a firearm accessible to a minor (a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail), and negligently making a firearm accessible to a minor resulting in great bodily harm or death (a fourth degree felony, carrying an 18-month prison...

Magistrate Court judges take oaths of office

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McKinley County Magistrate Court judges formally took their oaths of office on Jan. 30.

Magistrate Judges Brent Detsoi, Cynthia Sanders and Virginia Yazzie officially took their oaths earlier this month at private ceremonies, allowing them to carry out their duties when their terms began.

Sanders has served on the magistrate court bench since 2010, and has been presiding judge since 2011. She started her judicial career in the magistrate court in 1981, working as court clerk and then court manager.

Yazzie was elected to the magistrate court in 2018, and has worked to implement a DWI treatment court. She hopes in the near future the magistrate court will be able to...

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