Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Bill Signing Deadline

Today is the last day that Gov. Susana Martinez has to sign bills. Anything she doesn't sign by noon is considered vetoed.

The biggest question now is capitol outlay. She will sign the bill, but what will be interesting will be what she line-item vetoes. (Probably not much hope for the proposed state Botanical Garden on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, but we'll see.)

Two other bills we know for certain she'll sign are a couple having to do with veterans. This from the Department of Veterans Affairs:

The governor will sign HB-10, sponsored by State Representative Terry McMillan, R-Las Cruces. The new law will provide up to a $1,000 tax credit to businesses for the hiring of every recently-returned veteran. She will also sign HB-97, sponsored by House Speaker Ben Lujan D-Nambé, which revises the State Procurement Code to establish a resident veteran preference of 5 percent over and above the current resident business preference of 5 percent.

That's taking place at 11 am, at a public ceremony at the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial in Albuquerque, 1100 Louisiana SE.