New Mexico limits injury payments when workers drunk or high

Gov Martinez state of the state

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico is reducing workers compensation benefits for employees who injure themselves on the job while drunk or high.

Gov. Susana Martinez signed the legislation Wednesday in Albuquerque. It reduces workers compensation benefits by between 10 percent and 90 percent based on the degree that a worker’s intoxication contributes to an accident.

Martinez called the legislation a matter of common sense and said employers will not be able file a compensation claim if they were aware of a worker’s impairment and did not take action.

The Republican governor also approved a workforce development fund designed to quickly train and certify employees in specialized fields to help companies that move into or expand operations in New Mexico. The state has set aside $1.25 million to fund the initiative starting in July. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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