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Gov. signs bills helping military members and veterans

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Qualified veterans can get professional licenses easier, skip utility reconnection fees after returning from deployment and apply for a veteran’s-only scholarship under new legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Susana Martinez.

Martinez signed House Bill 180, which allows expedited processing for occupational licenses for individuals already qualified or certified in another state. The move should help recent military and veteran transplants and their spouses land New Mexico jobs quicker.

The governor also signed House Bill 175, which allows a member of the armed forces deployed for more than 30 days to suspend utilities, municipal services, or telecommunications services without having to pay a reconnection fee after returning home from deployment.

Martinez also signed House Bill 247, which creates a scholarship fund for military war veterans.



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