Gov. Lujan Grisham signs bipartisan crime bill

  • Create programs to attract and retain law enforcement officers
  • Allocate $50 million from the budget to establish a fund for officer recruitment
  • Increased penalties for gun crimes, including a criminal possessing a firearm and using a firearm to commit a crime
  • Create criminal laws for threats of violence, property damage and hacking
  • Eliminate the statute of limitations for second-degree murder
  • Increase to $1 million in death benefits for families of peace officers killed in the line of duty
  • Passed the Violence Intervention Program Act and allocated $9 million from the budget for statewide intervention programs
  • Make crime-fighting grants accompanied by $2 million in the grant budget

“Every New Mexican deserves to feel safe in their communities — and they are demanding action from their government,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “House Bill 68 expands on the transformational work we’ve done over the past several years, strengthening our state’s public safety system and making the streets safer in every community in New Mexico.”

The legislation will also require that up-to-date GPS data collected from suspects in custody be made more readily available to law enforcement officials, redefine the role and composition of the Law Enforcement Academy Board, and split the board’s functions into two separate entities. The law also creates new judges for the 2nd, 5th and 13th judicial circuits. Gov. Lujan Grisham signs bipartisan crime bill

Brian Lowry

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