- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico House of Representatives has unanimously passed a law cracking down on corrupt government officials and employees.

Sponsored by Majority Leader Nate Gentry the bill can add as much as an additional year of jail time for those convicted of felony corruption offenses.

The Albuquerque Republican says lawmakers need to send a clear message that government corruption will not be tolerated.

The legislation bans corrupt officials from lobbying or contracting with the state, making it a third-degree felony if they attempt to do so. It also requires the posting of felony corruption offenses at government offices.

Approved on Monday, the bill now moves to the Senate for a vote.

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