Lawmakers approve emergency court funding

House Republicans voted in unison against the legislation

Associated Press
New Mexico News

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Legislature has approved emergency funding to cover the cost of juries, court interpreters and clerk’s offices for several months in response to a funding crisis in the Judiciary.

The House of Representatives today approved $1.1 million in emergency funding to stave off staff furloughs at the state Supreme Court, pay for jury trials and restore full-time public access to services provided by court clerks.

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has three days to consider the legislation once it reaches her desk.

The bill also provides funding for the current legislative session and committees that draft legislation and track state agency performance throughout the year.

House Republicans voted in unison against the legislation, saying it did not sufficiently reduce funding to the Legislature amid a budget crisis.