Legislature: Garcia/Chandler Bill Prohibiting Discrimination Against Military And Veterans Unanimously Passed By House


Legislation to protect veterans and military service members from discrimination under the state’s Human Rights Act unanimously passed the New Mexico House of Representatives today. 

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

“Our veterans and military service members have put their lives on the line to protect our country and our freedom. They should be lauded for their service, not discriminated against, but sadly, the latter happens all too often when they’re looking for work or a place to live,” said Rep. Harry Garcia, a United States Marine Vietnam veteran. “I’m proud to be sponsoring House Bill 113 to make sure our veterans and current military members are protected in New Mexico.” 

After clearing the House floor with a 66-0 vote, HB 113 will now head to the Senate. 

Members of the public can track legislation on the New Mexico Legislature website, access committee meetings and House floor sessions via the Webcasts tab, or participate by Zoom to provide public comment on committee hearings. During the 2021 Legislative Session, the House of Representatives is focused on passing critical legislation while protecting the health and safety of the public, the staff, and the legislators.