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Gov. Martinez signs lottery scholarship solvency fix

On her final day to take action on bills passed during this year’s legislative session, Gov. Susana Martinez signed off on a measure to shore up New Mexico’s lottery scholarship program.

The bill, which lawmakers passed on the final day of this year’s 30-day session, will tighten student eligibility guidelines and divert state tax revenue into the scholarship fund for the next three years.

“I’m pleased that a bipartisan solution was reached to protect the lottery scholarship for students currently in their spring semesters, and I believe we’ve begun the process of instituting reforms to the Scholarship to ensure that students will be able to receive significant tuition assistance for years to come,” Martinez said in a statement released by her office.

On the lottery scholarship bill, Martinez also used her line-item veto authority to delete a technical glitch in the legislation that could have caused an unintended tuition gap for students.

The Republican governor also signed 15 other bills today, while vetoing seven pieces of legislation.


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Among the bills vetoed was a proposed change in the state Racing Commission’s horse-racing hearing procedures.

Meanwhile, Martinez signed into law bills to create five more judgeships statewide, gradually reimpose maximum class sizes for public schools and allow new courses to count for school P.E. requirements.

Check tomorrow’s Journal for a complete rundown.