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2021 Capitol Report, February 17

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The New Mexico State Senate is the next stop for a controversial bill that seeks to protect New Mexican’s civil rights.

Tom Trowbridge reports from the Roundhouse:

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“The New Mexico Civil Rights Act,” or House Bill Four passed by a ten-vote margin Tuesday, with a number of House Democrats joining all House GOP members in opposition.

The measure seeks to weaken the concept of “qualified immunity” that shields police officers from monetary damages in court for constitutional violations such as excessive force.

The bill is largely based on recommendations from a commission chartered last year by the Legislature and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham amid nationwide protests over police brutality and racial injustice. In a compromise, the bill does carry a two million dollar liability cap for government agencies.

Albuquerque Representative Georgene Louis is one of House Bill Four’s primary sponsors:

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Louis’s Civil Rights Act faces an uncertain fate in the Senate, where opponents including local governments, school boards and police associations are expected to line-up.

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

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