DATE: Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Contact: Shaya Torres
Santa Fe – Today, a bill to expand internet access in schools and libraries across the state unanimously passed the House Appropriations and Finance Committee. HB 207, introduced by Candie G. Sweetser (D-Deming), would appropriate money from the general fund for broadband infrastructure in public school, tribal, and community libraries.
“From applying for jobs to researching school projects, internet access opens up opportunities for New Mexicans,” said Rep. Candie Sweetser. “I’m pleased this bill has bipartisan support and look forward to ensuring our kids and communities have the internet infrastructure to be successful.”
In New Mexico, the digital divide has a negative impact on economic development. HB 207 is a bipartisan effort sponsored by Reps. Candie Sweetser (D-Deming), Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos), and James E. Smith (R-Sandia Park) that will help close that gap. The bill now heads to the House Floor for consideration.