Lawmakers advance bills transitioning New Mexico away from oil and gas

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Two bills that would work to transition New Mexico away from its reliance on oil and gas advanced in the Legislature this week as Democrats continue to push such an agenda against Republican opposition.

House Bill 297, known as the Workforce and Economic Prosperity Act was granted a “do pass” recommendation by the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee on a 6-4 vote Wednesday and was sent to the House Labor, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee for further discussion and a vote that could send the bill to the House Floor.

If passed, HB 297 would establish the Workforce and Economic Prosperity Council within the Department of Workforce Solutions, tasked with drafting policy and making recommendations to support the growing workforce in renewable energy.

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