Lujan Grisham vetoes law enforcement recruitment bill, other measures

In the 2024 legislative session, state legislators passed over 70 pieces of legislation, all of which required the governor’s signature to become official laws. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the majority of these bills, especially those she had specifically requested lawmakers to consider.

Despite the high rate of approval, two bills were “pocket vetoed” by the governor, meaning she let the deadline pass without signing them. These were Senate Bill 129, aimed at enhancing the implementation and reporting of cybersecurity procedures within government agencies, and Senate Bill 175, which sought to establish a fund for law enforcement recruitment. S.B. 129 passed the Senate 37-0 and the House 58-0. S.B. 175 received a 39-0 vote in the Senate and a 64-1 vote in the House, with far-left anti-law enforcement Rep. Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces) being the sole vote against. 

Although Senate Bill 175 did not receive approval, the governor allocated $25 million through the state budget for law enforcement and correctional officer recruitment.

Additionally, Governor Grisham outright vetoed Senate Bill 217, which proposed transferring over $80 million from the state’s severance tax bonding fund to the severance tax permanent fund. The governor reasoned that a previous bill had already significantly contributed to the severance tax permanent fund, rendering Senate Bill 217 unnecessary.

The governor also made selective vetoes within the massive $10.2 billion state budget, mainly targeting language that she believed would restrict spending inappropriately. For instance, she vetoed a stipulation that tied $1 million allocated to the General Services Department to the publication of building use fees and removed restrictions on the state healthcare authority’s capacity to expand Medicaid eligibility.

One notable veto was against language limiting the New Mexico Public Education Department’s power to mandate a 180-day school year. Following this, on March 7, the Public Education Department announced it would implement the 180-day requirement, despite the Legislature’s firm stand against such mandates.


11 thoughts on “Lujan Grisham vetoes law enforcement recruitment bill, other measures”

  1. There’s more proof of her and Mayor Kellers “Hug a Thug” crime policy at work. I need to move to Florida.

  2. Typical of a corrupt regime!! Loserjan wants to neuter police departments like Los Alamos did to the Sheriff, and give the thugs more freedoms to run our state in to the ground. I pray every night she gets arrested and dragged out of the roundhouse in handcuffs!!

    1. she needs to be impeached and loose any power she thinks she has. She is a spawn of satan. She is the face of evil.

    1. Yes she is and she is striving to be on Biden administration if he gets reelected and if that happens and he is President. May God have mercy on us all.
      I am keeping my eyes on Jesus and praying for our country and our state.

  3. You are all correct. I ask what are we doing to spread the work of our Marxist state and federal government? Help misinformed NMs to know the truth.

  4. NM Lizard person

    She says she’s all for the anti-crime bills but her own party very rarely lets the bills see the light of day and when one does reach her desk if it encroaches on our freedom she signs it but if it goes against the thug it gets vetoed. She’s all for criminals and against the law-abiding people, New Mexico’s own little dictator

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