New Mexico lawmakers compromise to fund New Mexico’s courts

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico lawmakers from both parties agreed on a compromise Monday to provide emergency funding to New Mexico’s court system.

House leadership agreed to adopt an amendment to House Bill 261 on Monday, providing $83,000 to the state Supreme Court to cover an estimated shortfall of $82,600 in its current budget year. The bill also provides funds totaling $593,000 to court offices to cover costs like jury and witness fees.

Last week, Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed about $800,000 in emergency funding approved by the Legislature.

New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Daniels previously said the courts would have to stop conducting jury trials on March 1 without additional funding.

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