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Wed March 13, 2013
NM Governor Vetoes Proposed Parking Placard Fee
Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed a proposed fee for parking placards for the disabled.
The state currently provides the placards at no cost but the legislation would have imposed a $5 fee.
Part of the money from the fee would have supported the Governor's Commission on Disability and its programs. Some money would have helped cover the state's cost of administering the placards, which allow people with disabilities to use designated parking places.
The governor said in a veto message Tuesday that during tough economic times she couldn't support imposing a fee on the elderly and disabled who may live on fixed incomes.
The state Motor Vehicle Division issued nearly 42,000 disabled parking placards last year.