SANTA FE (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico bills singed or vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez (all times local):
There will be no reshaping of the political landscape for school boards, cities and other nonpartisan local governments in New Mexico through the consolidation of elections.
Gov. Susana Martinez did not take action on the bill before Friday's signing deadline, resulting in an automatic veto.
The measure would have allowed such local elections to be combined and put before voters in November every other year.
Experts had suggested that doing so could boost turnout. Currently, such elections draw little attention, with some failing to garner a single ballot.
Dona Ana County Clerk Scott Krahling says this marks the third time the legislation has failed. Krahling says democracies aren't successful if only a few people vote and consolidating elections would have been a step in the right direction.
Some Senate leaders and behavioral health advocates are voicing frustration that Gov. Susana Martinez did not sign legislation that would have addressed the handling of fraud accusation leveled against providers.