NEW MEXICO, N.M. — New Mexico’s new legislative committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill that would prohibit transgender people in public office.
House Bill 1289 would ban transgender people, including people in leadership positions, from holding public office or seeking public funding.
It would also prevent the use of public funds to hire or promote individuals who do not meet the gender identity of the individual.
Under the bill, the state government would have the authority to deny the request of a transgender person seeking public office, which could lead to their being fired or demoted from public service, the New Mexico Press-Citizen reported.
The bill would also ban the use, possession, use, or transfer of public money to pay for gender transition surgery.