SANTA FE — Lawmakers granted final approval Thursday to a proposal intended to combat organized retail crime in New Mexico.
The Senate voted 38-0 in favor of an amended version of the proposal Thursday, and the House quickly agreed to the changes.
The legislation, House Bill 234, goes next to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
Supporters of the bill said it would close a loophole in the law and make it easier for prosecutors to crack down on organized robbery crews who steal from multiple businesses.
It creates the crimes of aggravated shoplifting and organized retail crime.