Governor Signs Legislation To Create Commission To Establish New Mexico’s Rio Grande Trail


SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation Thursday creating a commission to bring state, local, tribal and private stakeholders together to establish the Rio Grande Trail, which would span 500 miles across the state from Colorado to Texas.

Martinez also signed legislation to ensure that the Firefighter’s Survivors Fund is sufficiently funded.

House Bill 563, sponsored by Representative Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces, will establish a commission led by the New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) that will be tasked with establishing the Rio Grande Trail. The bill passed through the legislature with strong bipartisan support.

Senate Bill 519, sponsored by Senator Nancy Rodriguez, D-Santa Fe, ensures that the Firefighter’s Survivors Fund has the necessary funding available to benefit family members of firefighters who lose their lives while defending our communities.

The Governor also acted on the following legislation:

Signed Senate Bill 123 — Clarify Livestock Definitions (MESSAGE)
Signed Senate Bill 446 — Interstate Distance Education Act (MESSAGE)
Signed Senate Bill 70 — Airline Employee Shifts and Hours (MESSAGE)

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