Gov. Martinez signs foster care bill

Created: 03/10/2014 4:42 PM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Certain foster children in New Mexico will be able to attend college in the state without paying tuition and fees under a new law.

Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation on Monday to grant a tuition waiver for some students who were in the state's foster care system or in the legal custody of an American Indian tribe. Among those potentially eligible would be youth in foster care when they become age 18 and those who were adopted after turning 14.

The National Resource Center for Youth Development says at least 21 states offer foster children tuition waivers.

The governor also signed a measure to increase liquor tax revenue going to local drunken driving prevention programs for three years.

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