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The state House of Representatives has unanimously approved Rep. Dennis Roch’s, R-Logan, plan to credit New Mexico’s teachers for their unused sick leave.

House Bill 85 amends the state’s Educational Retirement Act to allow teachers to convert their unused sick leave to service credit for retirement.

“This idea is incentive-based rather than punitive,” Roch said. “Teachers who have accumulated large amounts of sick leave ought to be rewarded for their dedication to our students. This common-sense plan gives our educators an opportunity to not lose credit for their sick leave at the end of their careers.

“I appreciate the support my colleagues have given to this bill, and I hope the Senate will act on it soon.”