The state House today unanimously approved legislation aimed at encouraging all New Mexicans to report suspected child abuse or neglect.
House Bill 29 was prompted by a state Court of Appeals opinion that interpreted state law to mean that only certain groups of people — such as doctors, police officers and teachers — have a duty to report abuse or neglect.
Minority Leader Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, the bill’s sponsor, said that’s not what legislators intended when the law was passed; they wanted everyone to be covered by the requirement. The bill makes that clear, he said.
The bill now heads to the Senate.