Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Anti-Hate Law Goes Into Effect Today.(Final)

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

120 Bills Go On the Books

SANTA FE -- New Mexico now has a hate-crimes law, a higher cigarette tax, better benefits for lawmakers and restored collective bargaining rights for teachers and other public employees.

Those are just some of the 120 bills that become law today.

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

Under the hate-crimes law, New Mexicans who commit crimes that are proven beyond a reasonable doubt to be motivated by hate will face an additional year of jail time. Up to two years could be tacked on if a person is found to have committed previous hate crimes. …

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