Capitol Update – February 7, 2020

Capitol Update – February 7, 2020

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Democratic Representative Gail Chasey and fellow Dem, Senator Liz Stefanics, are the sponsors of a measure that requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers so they may continue to work.

Tom Trowbridge reports from the Roundhouse.

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Albuquerque Representative Gail Chasey, speaking on the House floor during debate the Pregnant Worker Accommodation Act last week, pointed-out that we are in the year 2020, and pregnant workers are still unprotected under the New Mexico Human Rights Act.

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Chasey’s bill would ensure that pregnant employees can continue to earn a living while maintaining a healthy pregnancy and being reassured of their job security. Chasey tried to get a similar proposal approved last year, but it never made it to the House floor.

During debate on the measure, Republican Representative Gail Armstrong of Magdalena reached-out to Representative Chasey:

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Those bi-partisan comments and sentiment were evident in the roll call vote as House Bill 25 cleared the chamber on a unanimous 65-to-zero vote.

For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Tom Trowbridge

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