Lawmakers look to expand bill to include more free activities for foster families

SANTA FE, NM (KRQE) – Lawmakers are working to expand legislation passed in 2019 to include statewide action. Foster parents now have free access to cultural services such as zoos, museums and parks. House Bill 35 wants to give foster children even more opportunities to have fun.

Senator Crystal Diamond said, “Thank you to those who have stepped into these foster homes and provided the love, care and support to the most vulnerable children.

The original bill, House Bill 303, was so well received by families that Sen. Diamond and Rep. Stephanie Lord sponsored the bill. Diamond says it was very easy to expand.

So they decided to add more outdoor activities to give foster children the chance to experience everything New Mexico has to offer. through a partnership with the State Lakes to make fishing available free of charge.

Approximately 1,800 New Mexico children are enrolled in the FosterCare system, and admission fees add up quickly. β€œAt this point, the bill will be free to New Mexico because we already have staff available to promote these parks,” said Senator Diamond.

Families should provide their own fishing poles and necessary camping equipment. Senator Diamond said the original bill he passed unanimously in 2019.

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