2018 Legislative Updates

The 2018 NM Legislative Session

The NM Legislature is set to adjourn on February 15 at noon.  The Governor has until March 7, 2018 to sign bills passed by the legislature.  Legislation that the Governor does not sign by that date is automatically pocket-vetoed.  Memorials however, do not have to be signed by the Governor.  The effective day of legislation that is not a general appropriation bill, have an emergency clause or other specified date, is May 16.

HB2 General Appropriations Bill

Actions by the conference committee on HB2 did not impact higher education and both the house and senate approved the conference agreement so the bill is complete and on its way to the Governor.  The final legislative passed bill (conference) includes an increase of $2.454 million for the NMSU system compared to  a decrease of $754,900 with the Executive recommendation and a decrease of $464,900 with the LFC recommendation.  For Instruction and General the final bill includes 2% new money ($11.2 million for all institutions) and 4% redistribution through the funding formula.  The Conference Agreement also includes 2% compensation for faculty and staff which is not reflected in the table below.  The bill includes a total of $1.0 million in non-recurring items as reflected in the table below for various programs.


SB 94 General Obligation Bond Bill (GOB)

The GOB bill authorized the issuance of $31.2 million dollars for the NMSU system, an increase of $10.2 million over the introduced bill and the LFC recommendation.  The voters will also have to approve the higher education in the November election.  The bill also includes funding for Libraries in addition the higher education funding.


HB 306 Severance Tax Bond Projects

HB 306 passed the legislature and is now waiting Governor action.  The bill includes a total of $570,000 for various NMSU projects shown in the table below.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lottery Related Bills

The Council of University Presidents endorsed the decoupling of lottery and supported two different bills SB140 and HB270 by Senator Soules and Rep. Jim Smith.  SB140 was passed unanimously by the House in the last hours of the session on Feb 15 and will be sent to the Governor for her signature. HB 270 died in committee despite being passed by the House unanimously, 67-0.

Other Higher Education/NMDA Bills

Below is a list of Higher Education/NMDA-related bills and memorials that passed the legislature.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The legislative session is winding down and bills that impact NMSU are quickly moving through the process.  Today, the full Senate passed the $6.3 billion budget bill, and the House Tax and Revenue Committee passed SB 94, the General Obligation Bill.  The Severance Tax Bill is up in the Senate Finance Committee this afternoon. For details on what are in the bills for NMSU, see the update below from this weekend.

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10:20pm

HB 2 Budget Bill

The NM legislature is working through the weekend. The Senate Finance Committee (SFC) met this afternoon and adopted amendments to the HAFC Committee Substitute for HB2, the budge bill.  Funding for the NMSU system increased by a total of $2.5 million when compared to the FY18 funding level or 1.4%.  The LFC recommendation included reductions of ($464,900) while the executive recommendation included reductions of ($754,900) for the NMSU system.  The SFC adopted the following amendments that impacted higher education and NMSU:

  1. The committee supported the Council of University Presidents’ requested amendment that was sponsored by several Senators  to increase the funding for I&G by 1% or $5.6 million and maintain the redistribution at 4%.  The SFC reported bill now includes a total of $11.2 million for I&G for all institutions.
  2. The SFC maintained the 2% compensation for faculty and staff.
  3. The SFC adopted a technical correction to move pest detection and mitigation money from AES to NMDA.
  4. The SFC adopted an amendment to move the Doctorate of Economic Development funding from the RPSP line item into the main campus I&G.
  5. The SFC included a total of $1.023 million in non-recurring funding for the following:
    1. Added an additional $200,000 to WRRI for a total of $500,000
    2. Added $200,000 to NMDA to carry out the provisions of the Chile Advertising Act
    3. Added $50,000 for the CAMP program
    4. Added $273,000 for the Sunspot Solar Observatory

The following tables are subject to change for the Senate Reported column and will be updated if necessary once the actual bill become available.  CLICK IN THE IMAGES FOR LARGER VIEWS.

General Obligation Bond

The Senate Finance Committee also took action on SB 94, which contains appropriations for General Obligation Bond projects. The amounts accepted by the Senate Finance Committee are back up to the requested, or HED-recommended levels.

 

Severance Tax Bonds

The House Tax and Revenue Committee also took action on the Severance Tax Bond bill, which contains funding for NMSU projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lottery

The House passed HB 147/a (Transmitting of Lottery Funds) by a vote of 37-30.  House Bill 147 amends the New Mexico Lottery Act to remove a requirement that NMLA transfer at least 30 percent of gross revenues for deposit in the lottery tuition fund, instead of requiring all net revenues be transmitted for deposit in the fund. The bill mandates that, if the total amount transmitted for any fiscal year is less than $38 million, NMLA shall thereafter be required to transmit 30 percent of gross revenue each month, essentially reverting the act to its current provisions.  In addition, amendment were adopted that would require transfer of the all unclaimed prize money to the lottery fund.  Three amendment were also adopted during the floor debate that 1) limits operating expenses to no more than 15 percent; 2) increases the floor to $40 million instead of $38 million and 3) https://nmlegis.gov/Sessions/18%20Regular/bills/house/HB0147FH3.pdf.  The bill now head to the Senate. The SFC committee substitute for SB 140 (Lottery Decoupling bill) passed unanimously out of SFC and now heads to the full senate for debate.  The committee substitute modifies the decoupled rates as follows:  Research Sector changes from $1,400 to 1,500; Comprehensive sector changes from $950 to $1,020 and the Community Colleges changes from $350 to $380.  This was done to make the bill consistent with the companion bill HB 270.  The decoupled rates are approximately 52.3 percent of the FY18 sector average.

 

Monday, February 5, 2018

We are now just past the midpoint of this year’s legislative session.  Click below to read our midsession report, which includes updates on the NMSU-wide budget, new money, compensation, lottery, General Obligation Bond and more.

2018 Midsession Report Feb 5, 2018

Monday, February 5, 2018

We are now just past the midpoint of this year’s legislative session.  Click below to read our midsession report, which includes updates on the NMSU-wide budget, new money, compensation, lottery, General Obligation Bond and more.

2018 Midsession Report Feb 5, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The full House passed the HAFC Committee Substitute to HB2, the General Appropriations Act of 2018, by a vote of 65-3 yesterday.  The $6.3 billion budget bill will now go to the Senate.

The committee substitute to HB2:

  • Funds I&G with 1% new money and 4% redistribution
  • Includes 2% Compensation for faculty and staff
  • Includes $4.0 million for the Legislative Lottery Scholarship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In other action HB 178 (Lottery Scholarship Changes – LFC decoupling bill) failed on a due pass motion (4-7).  This bill negatively impacted students attending 4-year institutions by increasing the amount they paid out-of-pocket by an estimated $1.3 million.  HB 270 and SB 140 also decouple tuition from lottery and do not transfer the impacts of sector over another.

On Monday the Senate surprised NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers with a Senate Memorial recognizing his public service and accomplishments.  The memorial, SM 51, Garrey Carruthers, In Recognition, was sponsored by Senators Mary Kay Papen and John Arthur Smith.  Chancellor was unaware the memorial was going to be introduced.


 

 

 

 

The Office of Government Relations finds and watches bills that may impact higher education and keeps a running list.  Click below to see the list:

NMSU BILL TRACKING LIST

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The House Appropriations and Finance Committee this morning approved the $6.3 billion budget bill on a 17-1 vote.  The bill includes a 2% increase in compensation for faculty and staff (all state workers), and 1% new money for I&G. The bill now goes to the House floor.

The table below shows the preliminary HAFC results from the weekend.  Click on the link below.

HB2 NMSU HAFC Catch UP Cleanup 012718

There are some bills of interest coming up in committee this week, including:

HB 147, Transmitting of Lottery Funds, and HB 178 Lottery Scholarship Changes, will be considered in the House Education Committee on Wednesday, January 31.

HM 46, Dual Credit Program Task Force will be considered in the House education Committee on Friday, February 2.

HB 23, Additional Graduation Requirements will be considered in the House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants and Cultural Affairs Committee on Thursday, February 1.

Yesterday the Senate surprised NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers with a Senate Memorial recognizing his public service and accomplishments.  The memorial, SM 51, Garrey Carruthers, In Recognition, was sponsored by Senators Mary Kay Papen and John Arthur Smith.  Chancellor was unaware the memorial was going to be introduced.


 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, January 27, 2018

The HAFC met earlier today and adopted all of the subcommittee reports.  They will report the final bill on Tuesday and will hear the bill as early as Wednesday and as late as Thursday of next week.

  • The committee adopted 1% new money and 4% redistribution through the funding formula ($5.6 million in new money)
  • 2% in compensation for faculty and staff
  • $250,000 recurring funds to NMDA for pecan weevil eradication /pest eradication
  • $300,000 non recurring funds to WRRI to match other funds

The table below shows the preliminary HAFC results.  Click on the link below.

HB2 NMSU HAFC Catch UP Cleanup 012718

Friday, January 26, 2018

The Senate Finance Committee met yesterday and received testimony from the higher education institutions. All higher education associations continue to support 2% new money in the I&G funding formula and 4% redistribution; All sectors also asked for 2% compensation for higher education; restoration of the General Obligation Bond funding to the HED recommendation at minimum. Chancellor Carruthers also received several positive comments and thanks for his service to the state.

The SFC has received positive news with the updated Consensus Revenue Estimate. The consensus group estimated that revenue will increase by $158 million for FY18 to a total of $6.249 billion and FY19 revenue to increase to $6.374 billion, an increase of $93 million from the December 2017 forecast.

On Saturday, the House Appropriations and Finance Committee is scheduled to meet for “Catch Up Clean Up.” This is a process where they address technical and other budget matters prior to the drafting of the budget bill, HB2. The HAFC is also scheduled to complete action on the bill early next week.

If you’d like to watch the action in the HAFC while you are enjoying your weekend, you can find them live here: http://sg001-harmony.sliq.net/00293/harmony

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Higher education is on the agenda at the Senate Finance Committee this afternoon at 1:30pm.

New revenue estimates are also scheduled to be announced at 1:30 in the House Appropriations and Finance Committee.

The higher ed subcommittee did not decide on final recommendations for post-secondary institutions yesterday, and wants to continue its work.

This weekend however, is “Clean-up Catch-up” in the House Appropriations Finance Committee, which means they plan on taking a final review of budget items before putting the final budget bill together.

You can find live webcasts on the NM legislature website here: http://sg001-harmony.sliq.net/…/…/UpcomingEvents/20180125/-1

 

The Office of Government Relations finds and watches bill that may impact higher education and keeps a running list.  Click below to see the list:

NMSU BILL TRACKING LIST

With higher education  being on the agenda in the budget and finance committees this week, it’s been a great time for some students from NMSU to learn how the legislative process works.  Students from the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) and College of Engineering spent time with the Chancellor and legislators this week.

 

1. CAMP student Elisa shadowed Senator Bill Soules

2. College of Engineering students were welcomed at an HAFC hearing

3. CAMP students with Chancellor Carruthers and HED Secretary Dr. Barbara Damron

(Click on thumbnails to see larger photo)

 

Monday, January 22

The second week of the 2018 legislature continues, and this week will be an eventful one for higher education. Both the Senate Finance Committee and the House Appropriations and Finance Committee have higher education on their agendas this week:

House Appropriation and Finance Committee, Tuesday, January 23, 1:30pm

Senate Finance Committee, Thursday, January 25, 1:30pm

Both hearings should be webcast on the New Mexico legislative website: https://www.nmlegis.gov/.

The Office of Government Relations continues to track legislation that would have impact on higher education. Some of the bills include: HB 131, General Appropriation Act; HB 55, Fire Fighter Survivor Scholarship Benefits; SJR 1, Nominating Process for Boards of Regents; and SJR 8, Higher Ed Boards of Regents Changes. Bills that OGR is tracking can be found on the ever-growing list:

NMSU BILL TRACKING LIST

Last week, Chancellor Carruthers and ASNMSU students met with legislators to discuss NMSU and ASNMSU priorities.  Priorities include a 2% increase in new money and a 4% redistribution in the higher education funding formula.  NMSU is also seeking flat funding for Research and Public Service Projects, plus one new project, and also construction funding included in General Obligation Bond projects. Details of NMSU priorities can be found below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other important dates:

January 31     Deadline for introduction

February 15   Session ends at noon

March 7         Legislation not acted upon by Governor is pocket-vetoed

May 16          Effective date of legislation not a general appropriation bill or a bill carrying an emergency clause or other specific date

Tuesday, January 23

The 2018 session of the NM Legislature started this afternoon.  One of the first items of business was the introduction of SB 1, Nurse Licensure Compact, a bill important to nursing in New Mexico, and also the training of nurses in NM.  Governor Susana Martinez delivered the State of the State address, where she spoke about her priorities in economic growth (a six-point plan), fighting crime in NM, and education reform.

New Mexico State University’s Office of Government Relations assesses legislation that may impact NMSU and higher education in New Mexico.  A list of bills that we are tracking can be found at the link below.  It is updated daily.