The new laws are among about that go into effect this week — a product of this year's legislative session, the first since Democrats swept every statewide office and expanded their majority in the state House. The state Constitution sets the effective date for most bills at 90 days after the legislative session, or Friday in this case. Some bills, however, are specifically crafted to go into effect on a different date, usually to allow more time for people or businesses to adjust.
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Among the laws going into effect Friday is one intended to make it easier for transgender New Mexicans to change the sex designation on their birth certificate. Instead of being required to prove they underwent surgery, the person will have to present a sworn statement affirming their gender identity, and a revised birth certificate will be issued. Individuals also will have the option of marking their gender as "X," which would signify a gender other than male or female.
Jacob Candelaria, an Albuquerque Democrat and co-sponsor of the legislation, said about a dozen other states have passed similar laws.
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The legislation, Senate Bill 20, will allow people to have accurate birth certificates, particularly helpful, he said, if they must provide one for employment, a financial transaction or legal proceeding. Related: New Mexico 'Patriot' groups challenge more state laws. The opportunity to change the document, Candelaria said, is a sign of dignity and could prevent someone from being "outed" by state records. A spokesman for the state Health Department said the agency is still developing the regulations that will lay out in more detail how to handle requests for revised birth certificates but that they should be done soon.
House Bill will ban the use of e-cigarettes indoors or wherever smoking is prohibited. Another piece of legislation, House Bill , will allow winery visitors to take home a partly consumed bottle of wine. Upon filing the acknowledgment of paternity and the denial of paternity with the bureau, the name of the non-husband shall be entered on the certificate of birth as the father.
Pursuant to an interagency agreement for proper reimbursement, the bureau shall make available to the human services department the birth certificate, the mother's and father's social security numbers and paternity acknowledgments or denials.
The human services department shall use these records only in conjunction with its duties as the state IV-D agency responsible for the child support program under Title IV-D of the federal Social Security Act. Each party shall be provided with copies of any acknowledgment of paternity and any related denial of paternity. The forms of acknowledgment of paternity and denial of paternity furnished by the bureau shall comply with the requirements of the New Mexico Uniform Parentage Act and shall be provided in English and in Spanish.
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