2017 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 12 - Miscellaneous Public Affairs Matters
Article 2A - Uniform Statute and Rule Construction Act
Section 12-2A-4 - Construction of "shall", "must" and "may".

Universal Citation: NM Stat § 12-2A-4 (2017)

12-2A-4. Construction of "shall", "must" and "may".

A. "Shall" and "must" express a duty, obligation, requirement or condition precedent.

B. "May" confers a power, authority, privilege or right.

C. "May not", "must not" and "shall not" prohibit the exercise of a power, authority, privilege or right.

History: Laws 1997, ch. 173, 4.

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