New Mexico governor acts on remaining bills

Associated Press
Gov. Susana Martinez holds a press conference in Santa Fe after the 2016 legislative session ended Feb. 18.

SANTA FE — New Mexico is nearing a deadline for the state governor to sign bills approved by the Legislature.

Gov. Susana Martinez has until Wednesday to sign, veto or disregard dozens of bills that are still outstanding.

She signed a variety of legislation Friday.

One new law requires student athletes that receive concussions to sit out of practices and games for 10 days to better protect them from traumatic brain injuries.

Another directs child protective services to give preference to grandparents and other extended family members when finding a new home for children that have been taken into state custody.

The governor also intends to sign legislation aimed at reducing drug overdose deaths by providing better availability for opioid antagonist medication that can reverse overdoses.