HB 272 will allow disabled New Mexico veterans to receive free elk hunting licenses. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE – House Bill 272 passed the New Mexico House of Representatives Thursday with a vote of 65 to 0.
HB 272 was introduced by Rep. Phillip Archuleta (D-Dona Ana-36) to help disabled New Mexico veterans get free elk hunting licenses.
Archuleta recognizes veterans’ commitment and service to New Mexico and the United States and wants to show them thanks.
This program would be monitored by the Game and Fish Department to make sure licenses are given out in a fair manner.
HB 272 provides for the following:
- Eligible Veterans must have a service-related disability of at least 50 percent
- The service-related disability must be certified by the VA (Veterans Administration)
- Eligible Disabled Veterans will have the opportunity to submit their names for a yearly drawing
- If selected for the free Elk Hunting License, the Disabled Veteran shall not receive another Elk Licenses
“I was honored to introduce this bill that will help our vets,” Archuleta said. “It is the right thing to do, our veterans have done some much for our country and those that are disabled have given so much and we should give back. This is just one thing we can do for them, and I am committed to doing so much more.”