Senate OKs Taxpayer Thanks On Buildings

SANTA FE, N.M. – The Senate unanimously approved a proposal Monday requiring a plaque in a new or renovated public building to provide a thank you to taxpayers before listing any elected officials in office at the time of the construction. State law already requires an acknowledgment for taxpayer funding of buildings, but the legislation ensures that gets top billing.

Republican Sen. Mark Boitano of Albuquerque sponsored the legislation, which goes to the House with little time left in the session. The Legislature adjourns Saturday.

Boitano also has proposed a measure to stop the naming of public buildings after elected officials while they remain in office. However, that bill has been shelved by a Senate committee.