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Lysette Romero Córdova, who worked as an appellate attorney before becoming an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law, said the statute is important because “what good is a right without a remedy?”

She said only one other state — Colorado — has enacted a similar law.

“What we are doing is novel and historic,” she said. “It’s good we are doing something innovative.”

She said it’s too early to tell what the law’s ramifications will be.

“You can have well-intentioned legislation, but you just don’t know how it’s going to work out in individual cases,” she said. “I know there are problems that will arise — things you can’t predict at the drafting stage that you can’t see until a case is in court.”

But lawmakers can address those problems with amendments in future legislative sessions, she said.

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