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Mary Kay Papen
Partisan fighting killed 'Kendra's law' for mentally ill

Lost in the partisan bickering of the New Mexico Legislature's final moments was a measure aimed at helping residents with severe mental illness who refuse needed treatment. Because lawmakers failed to pass the bill, New Mexico remains one of only a handful of states without a "Kendra's Law." That law would have allowed judges in some counties to order patients to take medication and undergo treatment if they are deemed a danger to themselves and their community. The proposal came after calls in Albuquerque following more than 40 police shootings since 2010. Officials say 75 percent of the suspects shot suffered from some sort of mental illness and likely did not...