Governor Lujan Grisham signs bipartisan crime bill

  • Establish programs to recruit and retain law enforcement officers
  • Allocate $50 million from the budget to establish an officer recruitment fund
  • Strengthen penalties for crimes committed with a firearm, including a criminal in possession of a firearm and using a firearm to commit a crime
  • Create criminal laws for violent threats, property damage and chop shops
  • Remove the statute of limitations for second degree murder
  • Increase death benefits to $1 million for families of peace officers killed in the line of duty
  • Establish the Violence Intervention Program Act and allocate $9 million from the budget to establish intervention programs statewide
  • Allocate crime reduction grants, accompanied by $2 million in the grants budget

“Every New Mexican deserves to feel safe in their community – and they demand action from their government,” Governor Lujan Grisham said. “House Bill 68 expands on the transformative work we’ve done in previous years, strengthening our state’s public safety system and making the streets safer in every community in New Mexico.”

The legislation will also require recent GPS data collected on remand defendants to be more readily available to law enforcement officers, redefine the role and composition of the Law Enforcement Academy Council and divide the board’s functions into two separate entities. The legislation also creates new judges for the 2nd, 5th and 13th judicial districts.