Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

250 Laws Kicking In Today.(Final)

Byline: Kate Nash, Loie Fecteau and David Miles Journal Capitol Bureau

Minimum Wage Goes Up to $5.15 an Hour

SANTA FE -- New Mexico's minimum wage is going up.

Emergency contraception will be made available to sexual assault victims.

The Sandia hairstreak becomes the official state butterfly.

They are among the nearly 250 new laws taking effect today.

The bills were approved by the Legislature during the regular legislative session that ended March 22 and were signed into law by Gov. Bill Richardson.

The wage law, sponsored by Rep. Al Park, D-Albuquerque, boosts the state minimum wage from $4.25 an hour to $5.15 an hour, the same as the federal minimum wage. …

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