AG Says Contractor Health Coverage Mandate Legal

Law360, New York (August 7, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Responding to a challenge from a Republican legislator, New Mexico Attorney General Gary King has said that an order from Gov. Bill Richardson that state contractors offer health insurance to their workers doesn't violate state law.

The attorney general said in an advisory opinion released Wednesday that the governor's order was a legal exercise of authority though the order itself lacks the “the force of law.”

Richardson's mandate didn't enact a new law but rather gave directions to subordinate officials, King wrote.

The state law grants...
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