Laws to help with utility hookups, professional licenses
State Rep. Jeff Steinborn’s bill to help soldiers and airmen avoid headaches with utility companies is now law.
Gov. Susana Martinez signed Steinborn’s bill and two others during a ceremony Tuesday at the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial in Albuquerque.
Steinborn said the inspiration for his House Bill 175 was Fabian Silva, a technical sergeant who was deployed from Holloman Air Force Base to Afghanistan.
Silva owns a home in Alamogordo, but had been unable to shut off certain utilities during his deployment, Steinborn said.
Many soldiers across New Mexico are in Silva’s situation, as deployments can be unplanned or occur on short notice, said Steinborn, D-Las Cruces.
Martinez said the new would make life less hectic for veterans. It applies to members of the armed forces deployed for more than 30 days.
“These men and women have just sacrificed to serve our country. They
shouldn’t have to deal with any financial burdens of re-establishing
basic necessity services once they come home,” she said.
Martinez also signed House Bill 180, providing expedited processing for occupational licenses for people already qualified or certified in another state.
She said it would help recent military and veteran transplants and their spouses go to work in New Mexico without a significant delay. Nineteen other states already have an expedited licensing process.
Rep. Rudy Martinez, right, D-Bayard, sponsored the bill.
The third measure signed by the governor creates a scholarship fund for military war veterans. It is House Bill 247, sponsored by Rep. George Dodge, D-Santa Rosa.