Civil Rights

Governor signs guardianship overhaul law

Gov. Susana Martinez on Wednesday signed 23 payments into legislation, which include legislation to overhaul a New Mexico guardianship process that experienced arrive underneath scrutiny in modern month for secrecy and money irregularities.

The 60-web page monthly bill is created to protect against abuse and exploitation of thousands of incapacitated folks who are underneath court-ordered guardianship or conservatorship courses about the state.

The new adjustments are a lot less sweeping than initially proposed, but contain amplified transparency and larger involvement of relatives customers. With the governor’s signature, they will get influence in July.

In the meantime, the two-term Republican governor also struck down a monthly bill that would have granted long run New Mexico governors – not her – and other elected statewide officers their 1st pay back raises because 2002.

Martinez experienced vowed to veto the income boost legislation, which would have elevated the governor’s yearly income from $a hundred and ten,000 to $121,000, commencing in January 2019.

“Through a relentless commitment to responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars – like balancing budgets and cutting taxes – New Mexico has a budget surplus of hundreds of millions of dollars,” Martinez claimed in a statement. “I will not waste a dime of it on doling out taxpayer dollars on pay raises for politicians.”

The legislation, Senate Bill 176, handed the two legislative chambers by decisive margins for the duration of the lately completed thirty-working day session, with supporters declaring some state elected officers make a lot less income than their top rated appointees.

In addition to governor, the monthly bill would have elevated the yearly salaries of the secretary of state, lawyer basic, state auditor, state treasurer, commissioner of public lands and the five customers of the General public Regulation Commission.

Rep. Larry Larrañaga, R-Albuquerque, a single of the bill’s co-sponsors, claimed the plan was floated since state personnel and teachers are scheduled to acquire pay back raises underneath a $six.3 billion budget approach still on the governor’s desk.

Considering the fact that state elected officials’ income ranges are established by state legislation, changing them involves the two an appropriation in the budget monthly bill and approval of a alter in statute.

“We thought it would be a reasonable thing to provide an increase in compensation to state officials, too,” Larrañaga said.

Among the the other payments signed by Martinez on Wednesday have been five measures aimed at aiding military veterans and their family members. The governor claimed the payments reflected her priority of “protecting those who set their life on the line for our independence.”

One particular of those payments, Household Bill 67, will make it a criminal offense to make false statements about military support for private get. This sort of an offense will now be a misdemeanor, commencing in July.

Martinez has until finally March 7 to act on more than 80 payments supplemental payments handed for the duration of this year’s legislative session. Charges not signed by that deadline are quickly vetoed.

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