Santa Fe, N.M. – The New Mexico House has passed legislation increasing public liability for discrimination. Here is a statement from the NM House Democrats:
Under new legislation passed by the House of Representatives today, public bodies and state agencies will rightly become subject to the same liabilities for discriminatory actions as other employers in the state.
Sponsored by Rep. Brittany Barreras (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces), House Bill 192 amends the New Mexico Human Rights Act to clarify that public bodies and state agencies are subject to its provisions. Specifically, it establishes that these entities cannot refuse, limit, or condition services to any person because of their race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth, physical or mental handicap, serious medical condition, or spousal affiliation.