SANTA FE – House Bill 216, the “Fair Pay for Woman Act”sponsored by Rep. Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe-47) received concurrence Sunday from the House to amendments added by the Senate.
HB 216 cleared the New Mexico Senate Saturday with a vote of 31-2 and with concurrence now heads to the Gov.ernor’s desk.
There has been wide-spread and bi-partisan support for the “Fair Pay for Women Act,” a key piece of legislation in the session.
“Today we have taken a major step in bringing wage equality to the women of New Mexico,” Egolf said. “I am excited that my colleagues in the Senate joined the House in standing with our states hard-working women. Today women in New Mexico earn 78 cents for each dollar earned by a man. This bill is a strong step in ending this terrible inequality.”
Women are often the sole breadwinner of their household and have an increasing role in providing resources for their families’ financial needs.
When there is pay equality, that money is reinvested right back in the local communities and is good for economy.
House Bill 216 now goes to Governor Martinez’s desk to be signed into law.