Spurned bills included state dance, tinted windshields


Bills that would make it simpler for the elderly to avoid jury duty and allow tinted auto windshields have been shunned by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

The Democratic governor vetoed those initiatives by taking no action before an April 5 signing deadline. Updated legislative records on Tuesday show so-called pocket vetoes for at least 13 bills.

They include a bill from Democratic Senate majority leader Peter Wirth to allow legislative appointments to a powerful commission that oversees water resources across the state. Interstate Stream Commission appointments will continue to be made by the governor.

Lujan Grisham rejected efforts to adopt an official state dance known as “La Marcha de Los Novios.”

She also refused to boost retirement benefits for retired police officers who become school security personnel.

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