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Sec. of State chapters 10 invalidated NM vetoes into law

The Associated Press and KOB.com Web Staff
September 29, 2017 06:14 AM

SANTA FE, N.M. - New Mexico's secretary of state says 10 bills have been enacted into law after a court found that vetoes by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez were invalid.

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Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said Thursday that a state district court judge denied a request to block the bills while the governor prepares an appeal.

Members of the Democrat-led Legislature say Martinez either failed to indicate the reason why she vetoed the bills or missed a three-day deadline. Those veto requirements are designed to help lawmakers respond to the governor's concerns and to keep the Legislature operating efficiently.

A spokesperson at the Legislative Council Service confirmed to KOB that the bills are effective immediately, now that Toulouse Oliver has chaptered the bills.  Had the bills not been vetoed, they would have become effective June 9 or July 1, depending on the bill.

If left standing, the newly enacted laws open the way for industrial hemp research programs and allow high school students to count computer science classes toward core math credits needed for graduation. Here is a list of the 10:

  • House Bill 126 - Financial Assistance For Medical Students, sponsored by Rep. Doreen Gallegos, D-Las Cruces
  • House Bill 144 - Industrial Hemp Research Rules, sponsored by Rep. Bealquin “Bill” Gomez, D-La Mesa
  • Senate Bill 6 - Industrial Hemp Research Rules, sponsored by Sen. Cisco McSorley, D-Albuquerque
  • Senate Bill 24 - Local Government Broadband Infrastructure, sponsored by Sen. Michael Padilla, D-Albuquerque and Rep. James E. Smith, R-Sandia Park
  • Senate Bill 64 - Public School Capital Outlay Time Periods, sponsored by Sen. Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque
  • Senate Bill 67 - Notification Of TIDD To County Treasurers, sponsored by Sen. Nancy Rodriguez, D-Santa Fe
  • Senate Bill 134 - Computer Science For School Graduation, sponsored by Sen. Jacob Candelaria and Rep. Debra M. Sariñana, both D-Albuquerque
  • Senate Bill 184 - Horse Racing Licenses, Health & Testing, sponsored by Papen
  • Senate Bill 222 - "Local Public Body" Exemption, sponsored by Sen. Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics, D-Cerrillos
  • Senate Bill 356 - Notification Of Public Improvement Districts, sponsored by Rodriguez.

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