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Capitol Report 2/1/2022 – Legislation Seeks to Establish Quantum Technology Corridor

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A State Senator is sponsoring legislation to establish Quantum Technology corridor that would extend from the north in Los Alamos to the south in Las Cruces.

Jason Espinoza reports from the Roundhouse:

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The state of New Mexico has been a world leader in quantum and nuclear physics for nearly a century. From the development of the first nuclear weapons in the 1940s to its current role in nuclear non-proliferation and energy research the state continues to lead in nationally critical research and development.

In recent years the state has emerged as a key participant in the development of quantum materials and technologies, leading State Senator Bill Soules, Chair of the Senate Education Committee, to introduce Senate Bill 73, which advocates hope will facilitate the creation of a quantum technology corridor that will in turn have the potential for significant economic and societal impact for the state.

The legislation received a warm welcome in its first hearing in the Senate Education Committee receiving support from individuals representing the New Mexico Technology Council, New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico.

The representative from the New Mexico Technology Council states that “the establishment of a quantum materials and technologies program will cement New Mexico’s position at the forefront of future manufacturing and technology needs for a rapidly growing industry and that it will strengthen New Mexico’s technology sectors.

The bill was unanimously approved by the Senate Education Committee and will now be considered by the Senate Finance Committee because it included a $15 million appropriation.

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

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