Garcia/Chandler Bill To Ban Discrimination Based On Military Or Veteran Status Headed to House Floor


A bill prohibiting discrimination based on a person’s military or veteran status passed the House Judiciary Committee today and will be heard next on the House floor. 

Sponsored by Rep. Harry Garcia (D-Grants) and Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos), House Bill 113 would add New Mexico veterans, members of the military, and our New Mexico National Guard and Air Guard, as a protected class under the state’s Human Rights Act. 

“It is not right to thank our active military and veterans for their service on one hand, while discriminating against them on the other,” said Rep. Garcia, a United States Marine Vietnam veteran. “If we’re to live up to the values of our country in honoring those who’ve served, which includes our New Mexico National Guard and Air Guard, we must protect their ability to get a job, a home, and all the freedoms for which they sacrificed.”

“We cannot forget our veterans and service members as we forge a more equitable future for all New Mexicans,” said Rep. Chandler. “It is my honor to be a co-sponsor on this bill with Rep. Garcia, and to do this little bit for those who’ve done so much for us and our nation.”

House Bill 113 passed the House Judiciary Committee with a 11-1 vote, and will now head to the House floor for a full vote. 

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