SANTA FE, NM (STL. News) Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday signed into law the New Mexico Civil Rights Act, strengthening the security of New Mexicans’ rights, privileges and immunities as provided for in the bill of rights of the state constitution.
The step makes it possible for a individual to litigate any deprivation of the rights, privileges or immunities and prohibits the utilization of qualified immunity as a defense for depriving someone of these inherent civil rights.
Per a Senate change, asserts from episodes before July 1, 2021 – the most effective date of this law – might not be attracted. A general body’s liability for damages under the country Civil Rights Act is capped at $2 million.
Sponsored by House Speaker Brian Egolf, Sen. Joseph Cervantes, Rep. Georgene Louis and Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero, the laws was a product of this New Mexico Civil Rights Commission, approved by the Legislature and Gov. Lujan Grisham at summer 2020 special session to appraise possible statutory adjustments or policy recommendations in the aftermath of the unjustified killing of George Floyd in Minnesota police custody.
“New Mexicans are guaranteed certain rights by our state constitution,” stated Gov.