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State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard’s (D-Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, Santa Fe-43) “Technology Research Collaborative” bill received unanimous support from the New Mexico Senate Wednesday night, as they voted to send HB 562 to Gov. Susana Martinez’s desk.
“The Technology Research Collaborative is a great step for New Mexico to ensure we are protecting our national laboratories, developing new technology, and creating jobs,” Garcia Richard said.
HB 562 creates the Technology Research Collaborative to establish advanced technology centers, develop new intellectual property for the state to increase business opportunities and new jobs, commercialize intellectual property and create a supportive work force.
The institutions participating in the collaborative are all national laboratories, other major research institutes and all of the post-secondary educational institutions in New Mexico. The New Mexico Institute for Mining and Technology will act as fiscal agent for the collaborative.
“This legislation, along with the renewable energy storage incentives, are just two ways we can support one of our state’s most valuable resources, our national laboratories,” Garcia Richard said. “With the sequester causing uncertainty for our national laboratories, I urge our governor to support this important piece of legislation.”