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SANTA FE — The bad statistics continue to mount for New Mexico.
The state has the highest national rate of teen pregnancy combined with high rates of juvenile crime and poverty.
In response to this, Rep. Nora Espinza of Roswell, District 59 has introduced House Bill 474 to create the “New Mexico Marriage Commission.”
HB 474 would create the commission made up of unpaid volunteers to explore ways governments can partner with private organizations to strengthen marriage.
“If we can have a positive influence on families in New Mexico,” Espinoza said, “we will find not only better communities; but also less strain on state services.”
The bill now heads to the senate for consideration.