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Gov. Susana Martinez, joined by legislative leaders from both parties, signed bipartisan legislation today to ensure nurses certified in other states can continue to work in New Mexico.

“The efficient passage of this bill shows what is possible when the Legislature has the desire to move forward,” Martinez said. “This legislation will keep New Mexico current with the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact so nurses from other states will be able to continue to come to our state and provide valuable care to our families and communities.”

Senate Bill 1, sponsored by Senators Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and Howie Morales, D-Silver City, allows for multistate licensure reciprocity for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and vocational nurses to ensure those certified in other states will not have to obtain additional certification to continue working in New Mexico.