Governor Signs Legislation Supporting Military Members And Veterans

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez signed several pieces of legislation Friday that provide support for New Mexico’s military members, veterans and their families.

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos

The Governor signed House Bill 427, sponsored by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, that brings New Mexico into compliance with federal G.I. Bill guidelines. This will allow veterans’ family members to receive in-state tuition, allowing them to earn a college education at an affordable cost.

“New Mexicans have always stood ready to answer the call to serve our state and nation in the U.S. Armed Forces,” Martinez said. “We want to continue to recognize our military members and our veterans for their service, and signing these bills into law help do that.” 

Sen. William Payne, R-Albuquerque

Senate Bill 506, sponsored by Sen. William Payne, R-Albuquerque, allows disabled veterans to transfer their property tax exemption to a new home. Until now, they would lose this important exemption when they move. 

House Bill 203, sponsored by Rep. Alonzo Baldonado, R-Los Lunas, provides a 50 percent discount on any hunting or fishing license to all New Mexico veteran and military members. 

Rep. Alonzo Baldonado, R-Los Lunas

House Bill 220, sponsored by Rep. John Zimmerman, R-Las Cruces, allows members of the New Mexico National Guard to receive the maximum amount of life insurance available from the Federal Service Members’ Group Life Insurance Program.

House Bill 327, also sponsored by Zimmerman, will allow all New Mexico military personnel deployed overseas to receive valuable assistance for their family. Among other things, the assistance – funded through income tax donations – provides necessities such as food and clothing.

Rep. John Zimmerman, R-Las Cruces

Previously, only those specifically serving in support of the “Global War on Terrorism” were eligible.

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