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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...

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...

Mapping the future

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City seeks citizen input on getting around town

Gallup, meet your transportation future. In fact, how about helping to plan it?

Gallupians will get their first chance to comment toward the city’s Transportation Master Plan when representatives of city consultant Bohannan Huston host a public meeting to introduce it March 13 at 4:30 pm at the El Morro Events Center, 210 S. Second St.

This first meeting is to explain what the TMP is, why it’s important to the city’s future and how citizens can raise concerns early.

In short, consultants are putting together a document that aims to have every major mode of transportation in and around the city working together. It is intended...
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