Bill to create Outdoor Recreation Division soars through Senate

Politics - Government

Lawmakers are hoping to bring more people to New Mexico to hunt, fish and hike. A new bill would create an Outdoor Recreation Division within the Department of Economic Development. The bill has plenty of support among lawmakers.

Senators had a lot of fun with the bill on the floor naming a lot of cool and interesting places in New Mexico, and of course, listing some of their outdoor favorites, which is something this bill aims to promote.

“Snowshoeing…camping…spelunking…rock climbing…it’s about those industries we want to create in New Mexico so when people come here, they have options,” said Sen. George Munoz, (D) Gallup. “This is not about a government agency saying we want to do this, we want to control that. This is about economic development.”

Senate Bill 462 has plenty of sponsors. There are close to 50 lawmakers who have their name next to this bill. It would create the Outdoor Recreation Divison to increase tourism, ecotourism and economic development across the state.

Lawmakers listed unique places and things you can find in the state like visiting Pie Town, fishing areas and hikes that locals and non-residents should be taking advantage of. One Senator even noted the state’s vast hunting opportunities and said the division could put those in the spotlight.

“I truly think that this office we’re trying to create, the Outdoor Recreation Divison, could advertise those,” said Sen. Pat Woods, (R) Broadview.

It passed unanimously on the Senate floor. It now heads to the House.

This is a bill the governor is supporting. She said in a news release that if New Mexico can focus on outdoor activities, we could out-do states like Colorado and Montana.

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