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Spurned bills included state dance, tinted windshields

Apr 10, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Bills that would make it simpler for the elderly to avoid jury duty and allow tinted auto windshields have been shunned by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.The Democratic governor vetoed those initiatives by taking no action before an April 5 signing deadline.Updated legislative records on Wednesday show so-called pocket vetoes for at least 13 bills.They include a bill from Democratic Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth to allow legislative appointments to a powerful commission that oversees water resources across the state. Interstate Stream Commission appointments will continue to be made by the governor.Lujan Grisham rejected efforts to adopt an official state dance known as "La Marcha de Los Novios."She also rejected a bill that would have allowed retired police officers to continue accruing pension increases while they return to work as school security guards.Current law suspends cost-of-living increases to pension benefits for retired officers while they return to work.Lujan Grisham has appointed a task force to study pension reforms for the Public Employees Retirement Association that covers state and municipal workers.