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Capitol Report – February 15, 2024

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The legislative session is rewinding down, and a workforce development bill makes it through both chambers.

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This is Jason Espinoza with today’s capitol report.

The 2024 30-day legislative session is winding down and officially ends on Thursday, February 14th at Noon.

As of yesterday evening, 66 bills and 3 constitutional amendments had been approved by both the House of Representatives and Senate and are now heading to the Governor’s Desk for Consideration.

Additionally, 3 bills have already been signed by the Governor. House Bill 1, which funds legislative operations; House Bill 141, which increases judicial salaries; and House Bill 171, which revised graduation requirements for students entering the ninth grade in the 2025-2026 school year.

Another piece of legislation that is making its way to the Governor’s office after being passed by both the House and Senate is House Bill 5, which is intended to create an increased and recurring revenue stream to support apprenticeship programs around New Mexico.

Apprenticeship programs provide industry-driven, high-quality career pathways where employers can develop and prepare a future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognized credential.

According to advocates, increased investments in building New Mexico construction apprenticeship capacity is needed to keep pace with and take advantage of the economic development opportunities.

For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Jason Espinoza

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