- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico is reducing testing requirements for ninth and tenth grade students under a new law signed by the governor.

Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation Monday that removes an assessment in reading, language arts and math from state requirements. Democratic Rep. Andres Romero of Albuquerque sponsored the legislation.

The Republican governor signed several other initiatives into law.

One makes it easier for out-of-state workers to repair energy and telecommunications infrastructure when a disaster is declared by the state governor or the U.S. president. That law reduces taxes, fees and paperwork.

Drivers of commercial vehicles who are caught texting while driving will face new penalties under another new law.

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