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2014 NM LEGISLATURE
The 2014 session of the NM Legislature adjourned on Feb 21. Click below for a post-session report.
Below is another look at bills that impact NMSU.
We’ve updated our tracking list:
The big budget bill SB 313, which includes some funding for NMSU, was passed and sent to the Governor.
The only lottery bill that passed and is on its way to the the Governor is SB 347, Lottery Tuition Scholarship Fund Solvency, with an amendment passed in the House.
NMSU tracks bills that are NMSU or Higher-Ed related.
Feb 19, 6:30pm
Action so far tonight.
House passed SB 313 big budget bill,58-8
House failed SJR 13, minimum wage bill, 33-29 (needed three more votes)
SB 53, GOB bill, with NMSU items, passed by House.
February 19, 9:53am
With just about 27 hours to go before the legislature will adjourn, committees are busy considering bills to send to the floor, and it is expected that the House and Senate will be in marathon sessions late tonight. We’ll be tweeting information as we get it, so follow us if you would like up-to-date reports, click here:
As we reported yesterday, SB 313 was passed, and contains NMSU’s Research Public Service Projects. Click here to see a copy: SB313
Also late last night, the Senate debated and approved SB 347, the lottery tuition scholarship fund. The bill must now go to the House for consideration and possible schedule for final passage.
Senate passes SB313, the General Appropriations Act
Feb 18, 7:48pm
The Senate passed SB313 shortly before 7pm, 42-0. Watch here for an analysis of NMSU impacts.
Status of the General Appropriations Act, otherwise known as HB 2
Feb 18, 5:42pm
The debate over the state budget has taken a different course than usual. Earlier this session, HB2, the General Appropriations Act of 2014, did not get the required majority vote and failed on a vote of 34 to 34. The bill was later referred back to the House Appropriations and Finance Committee (HAFC). As a result, the Senate Finance Committee started working on its budget bill, SB313, late last week and reported the bill on the floor this morning. We understand that the Senate bill used the HAFC-reported bill as the basis of drafting SB313 and made modifications to the Public Education budget and added some additional projects, including projects for NMSU. OGR staff anticipates that SB 313 will be taken up later today in the Senate and we will post an analysis as soon as the information becomes available. To see SB313 you can click on a link in the update below.
February 18, 2014. 9:00am
Two-and-a-half more days left in this year’s legislative session. There were caucuses planned this morning, which may lead to a determination as to what will happen with the big budget bills. The House has stalled on their general appropriations bill, but the Senate has completed its bill, and includes NMSU’s funding requests for the Water Resources Research Institute, Indian Resource Development Program, NMSU-Dona Ana CC Dental Hygiene program, NMSU Economic Development Doctorate Program, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, Alliance for Advancement of Teaching, Cooperative Extension Service and Ag Experiment Station. Minority Student Services, Arrowhead Center for Business Development, Nurse Expansion, Manufacturing Sector Development Program and educational television. It contains other items for NMSU and the community colleges. You can view SB 313 by clicking here.
Among actions yesterday:
- SB 347 the lottery tuition scholarship fund solvency bill introduced by Senator Michael Sanchez, was passed by the Senate Finance Committee.
- HB 327, Higher Education Finance Act, Introduced by Rep Jimmie Hall, was passed by the House Education Committee and referred to the House Appropriations Finance Committee.
- HB 36, Tech Research Investment and Administration, failed in a 5-5 committee vote in the Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee.
NMSU General Obligation Projects
The Senate on February 17 passed the committee substitute for SB 53, General Obligation Bond Projects, which contains funding for NMSU’s priority construction projects.
- Las Cruces Campus- Jett Hall, Jett Annex, Rentfrow Hall and Surrounding Infrastructure: $19,200,000 ($2,100,000 below original NMSU request)
- NMSU Alamogordo- Infrastructure Upgrades and Replacement: $1,000,000 ($3,350,000 below original request)
- NMSU Carlsbad- Infrastructure Upgrades and Replacement: $1,600,000 ($600,000 below request)
- NMSU DACC- Infrastructure Upgrades and Replacement: $2,000,000
- NMSU Grants- Infrastructure Upgrades and Replacement: $1,300,000 ($63,000 below request)
There were also some NMSU-requested projects that were NOT funded in the GOB bill. You may get more info from the NMSU impact document above.
NMSU’s 2014 Legislative Priorities
The 2014 session of the New Mexico Legislature will convene January 21. NMSU’s legislative priorities include:
- Support 3% compensation increase for faculty and staff
- Support funding to cover the 0.75% ERB statutory increase for institutions
- Support for $20 million non-recurring funding request for the Higher Education Endowment for scholarships and chairs
- Support to resolve solvency issues for the Lottery Scholarship Fund
NMSU will also make requests for legislative initiatives, including capital outlay and Research Public Service Projects as is outlined in the Legislative Initiatives book below.
Legislative Finance Committee FY15 Budget Recommendation
The Legislative Finance Committee recently released their budget recommendation for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Click on the links below to view the recommendations. Information on higher education and recommendations begin on page 327 in Volume II, and on page 87 in Volume III.