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Drug importation bill heads to Lujan Grisham

Roundhouse. (Eddie Moore/Journal)

SANTA FE — A proposal heading to the governor would clear the way for New Mexico to begin importing prescription drugs from Canada as part of an effort to reduce the cost of medicine.

The legislation, Senate Bill 1, won House approval on a 68-0 vote late Sunday. It passed the Senate 35-0 earlier this month.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham made the proposal a priority for the legislative session.

“This measure received unanimous support through every step of the legislative process because getting New Mexicans the medicine they need at a cost they can afford is a bipartisan, common-sense issue,” she said in a written statement. “I applaud the Legislature for making sure New Mexico is at the front of the line for this program, and I promise to sign Senate Bill 1 quickly so we can begin the process of significantly reducing drug costs.”

The proposal was sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen, D-Las Cruces, and Rep. Deborah Armstrong, D-Albuquerque.

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