New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez recently signed off on new legislation that will require the state to expedite occupational licenses allowing military servicemembers and their spouses to work in jobs ranging from nursing to dentistry. The new law applies to current members of the armed forces, their spouses, and recently discharged veterans with professional licenses from other states who are seeking to work in New Mexico. The new law will take effect July 1, 2013.
The governor also signed a measure to allow members of the military to suspend utility, telecommunications and cable television services without being required to pay a reconnection fee when they return home from a deployment of more than 30 days. The measure takes effect June 14, and applies to members of the National Guard, reserves and armed forces. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Martinez said “These men and women have just sacrificed to serve our country. They shouldn’t have to deal with any financial burdens of re-establishing basic necessity services once they come home.”