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Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013 7:15 pm | Updated: 10:48 am, Tue Apr 9, 2013.

Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bill that will expedite the handling of state-issued professional licenses for military members, recent veterans and their spouses. However, the governor pocket-vetoed a nearly identical measure that included “domestic partners” of service members and veterans.

House Bill 180, sponsored by Rep. Rudy Martinez, D-Bayard, and Senate Bill 258, sponsored by Sen. Bill Burt, R-Alamogordo, both dealt with members of the military and their spouses who had occupational licenses in other states before moving to New Mexico.

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10 comments:

  • Anna Garcia-Lucas posted at 9:21 am on Wed, Apr 17, 2013.

    AnnaGarciaLucas Posts: 1

    Mr Carbajal, pardon, but neither do you speak for all veterans especially those who've felt the sting of discrimination. I applaud the move to finally extend benefits across the board to those vets & their families who serve/served to ensure equality for all. If the wording needs to be changed to ensure this passes, change it & move forward.

     
  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 3:16 pm on Wed, Apr 10, 2013.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 336

    I don't know you, Mr. Carbajal. I have the impression, however, that you are either afraid or paranoid. Please, being gay or bi is not contagious.

    One day -- and I am assuming you are a young person -- someone you love will come "out". It may be one of your children, grandchildren, a sibling, parent, a good friend or even your spouse. Please keep your heart and mind open; be there for them. There are no absolutes in this life.

     
  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 9:25 pm on Tue, Apr 9, 2013.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 165

    Governor Martinez definitely showed good leadership skills on saying no to this specific piece of legislation. This is not about a Republican scoring points with the base. It is about addressing a sneaky tactic that Candelaria and Egoff were trying to hide in the bill which was slammed dunk by the Governor. It deserved to die in the process and the Governor did the right thing for ALL New Mexican's.

     
  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 6:47 pm on Tue, Apr 9, 2013.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 165

    I don't think you can speak for all veterans in this state relating to this same-sex issues. Not all veteran's agree with the same-sex and equal rights that you claim they do support. In this bill, Candelaria was trying to sneak in his agenda and it fell on his face. Only he and Egolf truly know on what thier intentions were during the session and it went on deaf ears at the end. Good.

     
  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 6:42 pm on Tue, Apr 9, 2013.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 165

    I am pleased that Governor Susana Martinez veteo this bill. Apparently, Senator Jacob Candelaria did not get his way with Rep. Egolf first attempt in trying to shove thier same-sex legislation down our throats. Candelaria was very sneaky in getting his agenda through the different committee's and he knew that he was threading his boundaries on the issue. He deserves getting the veteo pen. In terms of the rest of the posters attempting to insult the Governor for what she did, what the hell do they know about veteran's issues anyways? Where were they when this specific bill was being introduced at the session, because I do remember names that I did not see at the committee hearings supporting or not supporting this bill. BTW, this same-sex issue did not belong in this piece of legislation in the first place. The bill should of stand on its own merit, but Candelaria is too blame for getting it veteo becuase of his sneaky agenda.

     
  • Abel Fernandez posted at 12:41 pm on Tue, Apr 9, 2013.

    Abel Fernandez Posts: 1

    It is unfortunate that the Governor has decided to indicate to NM voters that she believes only one group of Veterans who fought for our country deserve benefits while the other deserve nothing for their service. While Martinez politically hides behind "wording" she, like so many politicians of any party, shrinks from her responsibility to represent all citizens. I guess she does not extend "thank you for your service" to minorities such as gay men and lesbians. Most Vets are on board with this so she needs to get over herself and show some leadership.

     
  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 12:31 pm on Tue, Apr 9, 2013.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 336

    Shame on you, Governor! More fool (the) you!

     
  • SantaFeResident posted at 10:14 am on Tue, Apr 9, 2013.

    SantaFeResident Posts: 12

    Once again, same sex couples are slammed and denied equal rights so a Republican can score points with the base. Gov. Martinez is not providing leadership for New Mexicans, she is posturing on a national Republican stage.

    If she was providing leadership, she would have signaled early on that vague wording bothered her. Then something could have been done in a timely way to address the concern. Instead, she threw gay military members and their families under the bus in order to score a point in some future review of her record by Republicans.

     
  • Lisa Russell posted at 9:43 am on Tue, Apr 9, 2013.

    lmrussell Posts: 4

    another Fail.

     
  • New Mexican posted at 7:06 am on Tue, Apr 9, 2013.

    New Mexican Posts: 9

    The Governor usually has her finger on the pulse of New Mexicans as far as "hot button" political issues go. There is no political price to pay on this one.

     
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