LAS CRUCES - There was a lot more agreement during this year’s legislative session than you may have thought, given all the attention paid to contentious bills like those seeking to provide paid sick leave to workers or lower the Annual Percentage Rate (APR) on small loans.
Of the 159 bills and joint resolutions passed this session, 60 cleared both the House and Senate on unanimous votes. A bill to extend informed consent liability protection for Spaceport America, which was a contentious issue when first passed in 2010, was one of those that sailed through without a dissenting vote this time.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has until April 9 to sign bills passed this session. Anything not signed by that date will be pocket vetoed. She has already signed 14 bills into law, including legislation to remove an old abortion law, reform the state’s alcohol laws and provide assistance to business impacted by public health closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.