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SANTA FE – An Albuquerque state senator and former University of New Mexico football player said this week he plans to try again during the upcoming 30-day legislative session to appropriate state dollars to pay for mental health counseling for student athletes.
The UNM football team recently lost 21-year-old defensive lineman Nahje Flowers, whose death on Nov. 5 was later determined by the Albuquerque Police Department to be due to suicide.
Sen. Mark Moores, a Republican, had included $357,000 for nutrition and behavioral health services for UNM student athletes in an appropriations bill passed during this year’s session, but Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham used her line-item veto authority to delete the funding from the legislation.