SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Leading New Mexico lawmakers say they want to extend an agreement that allows nurses licensed in New Mexico to work in participating states and vice versa.
Senate and House leaders from both political parties pledged on Friday to swiftly adopt a new nurse licensure compact when the Legislature convenes in January.
In a news release, Democratic Speaker of the House Brian Egolf said the existing compact allowing New Mexico nurses to work in other compact states will remain in effect until Jan. 19. That leaves lawmakers and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez with three days in which to approve legislation to extend New Mexico’s participation.
Martinez spokesman Joe Cueto says the administration has been in discussions with several legislators to bring about a quick resolution.
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At least 26 states participate in the new compact that provides nurses with a multistate license.