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Two state lawmakers are firing back after district attorneys across the state and the attorney general urged the governor to veto a bill that changes the rules of probation and parole.
Reps. Antonio “Moe” Maestas and Gail Chasey, Albuquerque Democrats who sponsored the legislation, sent a letter to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday defending House Bill 564. Two weeks ago, 12th Judicial District Attorney John Sugg wrote a letter, backed by DAs statewide and the AG, to Grisham calling the bill “a public safety risk” and asking her to veto it.
Maestas, chair of the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee, and Chasey, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, argue that HB 564 would “modernize” the way probation and parole operates and that it would reduce increasing recidivism in New Mexico. They also address the concerns voiced in the DAs’ letter.