Previous Legislative Updates

2014 Legislative Session

Thursday, February 13, Update

Negotiations continue on HB2, the General Appropriations Act of 2014.  We continue to watch when it will turn up on the agenda for the House Appropriations and Finance Committee.

Here are a few updates on some NMSU-related bills:

HB 25, NMSU Water Resources Research Institute, was given a due pass in the House Education Committee and goes to the House Appropriations and Finance Committee next.  The bill seeks $2 million for water research at WRRI.

HB 34, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, introduced by Reps Jimmie Hall and Tim Keller, was passed by the House Agriculture Committee, and will go to the House Appropriations Finance committee next.  The bill would provide funding for CES and AES for their outreach efforts statewide.

HB 62, NMSU Indian Resource Development Program, introduced by Rep James Madelena, was passed by Education Committee and will go to House Approps and Finance next.  The bill would provide $172,000 for  NMSU’s  program.

HB 125, NMSU Economic Development Doctorate Program, introduced by Rep Patricia Lundstrom, would provide funding to expand the doctorate economic development program.

SB 204, NMSU Manufacturing Development Program, was passed by the Senate Committee’s Committee and referred to the Senate Education Committee next.

SB 35, NMSU Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, would provide $171,200 to support the mental health nurse practitioner program.  It has been passed by the Senate Education Committee and will head to the Senate Finance Committee next.

HB 79, Higher Ed Endowment Fund Distribution and Uses, introduced by Rep Larrañaga, was scheduled for consideration on the House floor today (Feb 13).

Two higher ed bills will be considered by the House Education Committee on Friday, Feb 14.  HB 258, Science and Math Teacher Development, and also HB 327, Higher Education Finance Act.

Work continues on several lottery bills.  You can see their current status in our tracking sheet, along with other Higher Ed-related bills: NMSU 2014 Bill Tracking Feb 13

You could check on available webcasts here: http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/webcast/default_session.aspx

Tuesday, February 11 Update

Of the eight lottery bills that were considered by the House and Senate Education Committees yesterday, only one was reported out. HB 254, Lottery Scholarship Solvency, was passed without recommendation and will now go to the House Appropriations Finance Committee for consideration. The committees want work to continue on the remaining lottery bills and perhaps will offer committee substitutes at a later date.

A shout out to ASNMSU representatives Jeremy Witte and Sage Peterson, who did a great job as the voice for students on the lottery.

No action on a big budget bill as HB2 was tabled last week.

NMSU-related bills coming up for consideration (click on the bill number to view a copy of the bill): HM 32 NMSU Water Resources Institute Report, is due to be considered on the House floor today (Tuesday). HB 79 Higher Ed Endowment Fund Distribution and Uses, House Appropriations Finance Committee today at 1:30pm. HB 263 Lottery Scholarship Changes, House Education Committee at 8am on Wednesday morning, Feb 12 HB 219 NMSU Science, Math and Tech Outreach Program, by the House Education Committee at 1:30pm on Wed, Feb 12.

Here is NMSU’s latest tracking sheet of legislation that will or may impact the University: NMSU 2014 Bill Tracking Feb 11

Monday, February 10 Update

Several lottery bills were scheduled to be considered by both the House and Senate Education committees on Monday, Feb 10.  At 8am the House Education Committee was scheduled to consider HB 145 Lottery Scholarship Changes, HB 263 Lottery Scholarship Changes, and HB 254 Lottery Scholarship Solvency.  Also at 8am, the Senate Education Committee was scheduled to consider SB 141 Limit Lottery Scholarship Tuition Increases, SB 146 Lottery Tuition Rates and Definitions, SB 150 Lottery Scholarship Solvency, SB 327 Lottery Tuition Act and Solvency, and SB 379 Lottery Tuition Fund Solvency.

February 5, 2014 Update

Today was the deadline for bill introduction, and NMSU-related bills continue to move through the legislative process.  Click on the link below to see the list of NMSU-tracked bills and their status.

NMSU Bill Tracking Feb 5

What’s coming up?  HB 62 NMSU Indian Resource Development Program, and HB 95, NMSU Doña Ana CC Dental Hygiene Program were scheduled to be considered by the House Education Committee on Wednesday, Feb 5, at 1:30.

January 31, 2014 Update: NMSU Bills and Lottery Bills

Bills with funding for NMSU’s programs, as approved by the Board of Regents, are moving through legislative committees.  Meanwhile, eight bills regarding the Lottery Scholarship have been introduced.  Click on the link below to see those NMSU and lottery bills and their status.

NMSU Bills Status and Introduced Lottery Bills

January 28, 2014 Update and Tracking Sheet

The New Mexico Legislature continues into its second week, more bills have been introduced and committees are meeting.  On Wednesday, January 29th, the Senate Finance Committee will receive an update on the Lottery Scholarship Work Group from Dr. Jose Garcia, Secretary of the Higher Education Department.  The Committee will also listen to testimony regarding higher education institutions’ Instruction and General formula funding requests, and Research Public Service Projects.

The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 1:30.  If it is available, you may listen to a webcast of the hearing on the NM Legislature website: http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/webcast/house_video.aspx

The Office of Government Relations have identified bills so far that impact or may impact NMSU.  Click this link for the latest tracking sheet:

NMSU BILL TRACKING JAN 28

2013 Legislature

Friday, March 8

The House Education Committee today listened to testimony and comments on HB 586, Lottery Scholarship Requirements, but took no formal action.

Here are a few bills we are watching that had actions yesterday:

An amended SB 115, Educational Retirement Changes, introduced by Senator Stuart Ingle, was passed by the Senate Finance Committee.

HB 247, Military War Veteran Scholarship Fund, was passed unanimously by the House.

The Senate Finance Committee heard SB 60, which is identical to HB 337 in the House. The bills contain capital outlay for NMSU. Click here for a summary of NMSU items in HB 337.

The Senate Finance Committee is slated to consider HB2, the General Appropriations Act of 2013, which also includes funding for NMSU. Click here to read a summary of NMSU items in HB2.

Committees will meet through the weekend, and the legislative is scheduled to end at noon on March 16.

Tuesday, March 7

Senate Bill 115, Senator Ingle’s Education Retirement Changes bill is on the Senate Finance Committee’s agenda this afternoon. As is SB 60, the capital outlay bill — a duplicate to HB 337, which you can read below. The Senate Finance Committee will meet a half hour after the Senate adjourns.

Here are a few bills we are watching that had actions recently:

HB 327, Physical Education Credit Hours for Funding, was passed by the House 59-5 yesterday.

SJM 13, Encourage Farms that Produce Chile, was passed by the Senate Conservation Committee.

SB 113, which would distribute funding from the Tobacco Settlement to the Lottery Tuition Fund, was passed unanimously by the Senate.

HB 247, the Military War Veteran Scholarship Fund bill was passed by the House Finance Committee. It is on the House calendar for passage.

HB 337, contains capital outlay funding for NMSU and its community colleges. The bill has been passed by the House of Representatives and is scheduled to be taken up by the Senate Finance Committee.

Tuesday, March 5

The Senate today passed SB113, which would distribute a percentage of funding from the tobacco settlement permanent fund to the lottery tuition fund. This bill is a substitute to SB 392, Lottery Tuition Funds Distribution.

HB 488, which would provide requirements for MVD in the design and fee collection for new special registration decals associated with a public interest group, was passed by House Taxation and Revenue.

HB 247, Military War Veteran Scholarship Fund was passed by the House Appropriations Committee

HB 396, which requires MVD to issue special registration places to persons with significant mobility limitation that feature a college logo, was passed unanimously by the House.

To see agendas and schedules for the Legislature, click here: http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/agecalendars.aspx

Monday, March 4

This morning the House Education Committee considered HB 586, the Lottery Scholarship Requirements bill, which among other things, would determine the amount of scholarship levels according to GPA. There was plenty of conversation but the bill was not acted on and will be considered again later in the week.

The Senate Finance Committee today passed a substitute to SB 392, which would provide that 25 percent of the distribution of the tobacco settlement permanent fund be distributed to the lottery tuition fund. SB 392 was combined into a similar bill for CYFD, SB 113.

After having passed the House on Friday, HB 309, the Lottery Solvency Bill, was today referred to the Senate and will be considered by the Senate Finance Committee. That is the same case for HB 96, Educational Retirement Sick Leave.

HB 562, which would create a Technology Research Collaborative was passed by the House Business and Industry Committee.

HB 396, which requires the MVD to issue special motor vehicle registration platets to persons with significant mobility limitation that feature a logo of a state-supported higher education institution was passed by the House Appropriations and Finance Committee today.

HB 327, Physical Education Credit Hours for Funding, was passed by House Appropriations and Finance as well.

This afternoon, the House Finance and Appropriations Committee was scheduled to take up HB 218, NMSU Indian Resources Development Program, which was passed by the House Education Committee on Friday.

Our current tracking list of bills that NMSU is keeping an eye on is below.

Friday, March 1

2:00pm

The House did not take up HB 309, the Lottery Scholarship Program Solvency Bill, or HB 96, Educational Retirement Sick Leave, yesterday so we continue to watch the floor today.

HB50, No Funds for Certain School of Ed Programs failed in the House this afternoon.

The House yesterday passed HB 337, Work New Mexico Act, which contains capital outlay funding for NMSU. The bill is now headed to the Senate.

The House Education Committee today passed HB 218, which has funding for the NMSU Indian Resources Development Program.

Committees will be at work tomorrow, Saturday, including the Senate Rules Committee, where they will consider the reappointment of Hanna Skandera as the Secretary of the Public Education Department. Other committees that will meet tomorrow inclulde the Senate Education Committee, House Education Committee, and the Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee. To see agendas and schedules, click here: http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/agecalendars.aspx

Thursday, Feb 28

1:30pm

We are watching the House floor today, where three bills we are watching are on the Calendar:

HB 309 Lottery Scholarship Program Solvency

HB 50 No Funds for Certain School of Ed. Programs

HB 96 Educational Retirement Sick Leave

HB 337 Work New Mexico Act

HB 309, the Lottery Scholarship Program Solvency bill was passed by the House Appropriations Finance Committee on Feb 26, by a 12-2 vote.

HB 64, Educational Retirement Changes, was passed by the House on Thursday. The Senate version of the bill, SB 115, is on the agenda for the Senate Finance Committee today, at 1:30.

HB 218, which provides funding for the NMSU Indian Resources Development Program, will be considered by the House Education Committee on Friday, at 8:00am.

HB 337, the Work New Mexico Act, as it is currently written, has Capital Outlay funding for NMSU: $3.5 million for renovations of Jacobs and Hardman halls in Las Cruces, and $500,000 for NMSU-Grants for infrastructure improvements.

If you would like to watch NM legislative website, you can do so by going here: http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/webcast/default_session.aspx

Tuesday, Feb 26

Bills we are watching today in committee:

HB 309 Lottery Scholarship Program Solvency

HB 50 No Funds for Certain School of Ed. Programs

HB 96 Educational Retirement Sick Leave

HB 396, College Mobility Limit License Plate

HB 238, NM Chile Advertising Act Violations

HB 204, Nurse Educator Higher Degree Funding

HB 424, Early College High Schools

HB 64, Educational Retirement Changes is on the House Calendar.

The Senate Finance Committee may take up SB 115 Educational Retirement Changes today because it was postponed yesterday.

If you would like to keep an eye on the Legislature, they offer some webcasting at http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/webcast/default_session.aspx

Saturday, Feb 23

On Friday the House Appropriations and Finance Committee passed HB 64, Educational Retirement Changes, and it now heads to the House floor. Also Friday, HB 309, the Lottery Scholarship Program Solvency Bill has passed by the House Education Committee. Action on other bills on Friday include (click on any of the bills for information):

HB 112 Data in School Accountability Reports passed by the House

SB 363 Early College High Schools, introduced by Senator Mary Kay Papen, was passed by the Senate Education Committee

SB 482, Water Vulnerabilities List Working Group (appropriates funding for a group that will includes NMSU), was passed by the Senate Conservation Committee

SB 181 Professional Licensure and Boards, (amends the Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensing Practices Act) was passed by the Senate

HB 327 Physical Education Credit Hours for Funding, was passed by the House Education Committee

What’s coming up?

Saturday:

HB 204, Nurse Educator Higher Degree Funding (Rep Terry McMillan), scheduled to be considered by House Education

HB 424, Early College High Schools (Rep Mary Jane Garcia), scheduled to be considered House Education

Monday:

SB 115, Educational Retirement Changes will be considered by the Finance Committee at 1:30

SB 234, New Mexico Chile Advertising Act Violations, will be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee

HB 467 Registration of Accredited Colleges will be considered by the House Education Committee

SB 422 No College Requests for Student Social Media will be considered by Senate Education

Wednesday, February 20

We are less than a month from the end of the 2014 Legislative Session. Things are moving quickly. Here are a few actions that took place in the past couple of days:

  • HB 2, General Appropriations Act of 2013, passed by House Appropriations and Finance
  • SB 301 NM Scholars Act Scholarship Eligibility passed by the Senate Finance Committee
  • SB 39 College District Bonds for Hard and Software, passed by the Senate

What’s coming up?

  • Today at 1:30 the House Finance Committee will discuss HB 64 Educational Retirement Changes
  • On Thursday, the House Finance Committee will consider HB 255 State University Educational Television, HB 271 NMSU Coop Extension Service, and HB 318 Dona Ana Regional Educational Initiative

The Legislative Finance Committee recently released is Mid-Session review of estimates, which appear to remain mostly flat. You can click on the link below to view.

And of course, below that our most recent tracking sheet.

Thursday, Feb 14

HB 218, NMSU Indian Resources Development Program has been passed unanimously by the House Health, Government & Indian Affairs Committee.

Tuesday, Feb 12

The House Education Committee has a long agenda tomorrow. Some of the bills on the agenda that we are watching include: HB 23 Higher Ed Faculty Tenure Conditions, HB 27 Expand Lottery Scholarship Eligibility, HB 50 No Funds for Certain School of Ed. Programs, and HJM 19 J. Paul Taylor Early Childhood Task Force.

The Legislative Finance Committee has released its 2013 Mid-Session Review of Revenues.

Friday, February 8

Members of NMSU faculty were in Santa Fe today to testify before committees as they considered NMSU-related bills. College of Engineering Dean Ricardo Jacquez and Assistant Dean Patricia Sullivan testified before the Senate Education Committee. Associate Dean and Director of Agricultural Experiment Station Dave Thompson, and Associate Dean and Director of the Cooperative Extension Service Jon Boren, testified before the House Agriculture and Water Committee.

Action taken on NMSU-tracked bills today:

  • SB 253, NMSU Manufacturing Sector Development, introduced by Senator Joseph Cervantes was passed by the Senate Education Committee
  • SB 254, NMSU Arrowhead Center, introduced by Senator Joseph Cervantes, was passed by the Senate Education Committee
  • SB 255, NMSU Minority Student Services Program, introduced by Senator Mary Kay Papen, was passed by the Senate Education Committee
  • SB 115, Educational Retirement Changes, introduced by Senator Stuart Ingle, was passed by the Senate Education Committee
  • HB 271, NMSU Coop Extension Service, introduced by Representative Doreen Gallegos, was passed by the House Agriculture and Water Committee.

Thursday, February 7

NMSU faculty will be in Santa Fe Friday morning as the NM Senate Education Committee is scheduled to consider three bills that directly impact NMSU: SB 0253 NMSU Manufacturing Sector Development Program, SB 254 NMSU Arrowhead Center, SB 255 NMSU Minority Student Services Program, and SB 255 State University Educational Television. The Committee is also scheduled to consider SB 115, Educational Retirement Changes.

Action that was taken on NMSU-related bills this week include (but are not excluded to): SB 244 NMSU Water Resource Research, SB 142 NMSU Carlsbad Manufacturing Development, and SB 243 State University Educational Television were passed by the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Wednesday, HB 64 Educational Retirement Changes was passed by the House Appropriations and Finance Committee. The Capital Outlay bills, which contain funding for NMSU projects, have not yet been considered or passed by of any committees.

Check out our latest tracking sheet below.

Monday, February

The New Mexico House and Senate convened and continued their business this morning. Some bills of interest to NMSU that will be considered today include:

  • SB 243, State University Educational Television, which would provide funding for KRWG and other university stations in NM, to be considered by the Senate Education Committee at 9am
  • SB 142, Carlsbad Manufacturing Development, to be considered by the Senate Education Committee at 9am
  • HB 353, Capital Outlay Project Reauthorizations, to be considered by the House Taxation and Revenue Department
  • HJM 2, “Better Hearing and Speech Month,” scheduled to be taken up in the House Chambers

Bills of interest to NMSU that will be considered tomorrow include:

  • SB 244, NMSU Water Resource Research, to be considered by Senate Conservation Committee at 2pm
  • SB 151, NMSU Soil and Water Conservation Districts, to be considered by the Senate Conservation Committee at 2pm

Bill of interest to NMSU that were introduced Friday, Feb 1st include:

  • HB 353, Capital Outlay Project Reauthorizations
  • SB 392, Lottery Tuition Fund Distributions
  • SB 377 Statewide Digital Learning Task Force
  • HB 396, College Logo Mobility Limit License Plate

There are many more bills that NMSU is tracking. For a more comprehensive list of those bills, check the tracking list below.

Thursday, Jan 31

The House and Senate convened Thursday morning and will reconvene at 10:00am and 10:30am on Friday, Feb 1st, respectively.

On Friday, the House Agriculture and Water Resources Committee is scheduled to hear a number of bills that NMSU is tracking, including: HB 238, NM Chile Advertising Act Violations, HJM 7, Water Development Act Authorization, and HJM 20, Assistance to Farmers that Grow Chile. The hearing is scheduled at 8:30am, Room 318.

We continue to watch the ERB bills that have been introduced, HB 64, and SB 115. We also watch NMSU’s capital outlay projects, which are included in HB211 and SB 60.

Some of the bills of interest that were introduced this week include:

HB 309, Lottery Scholarship Program: Extending Solvency

HJR 9, Boards of Regents of UNM and NMSU

HB 318 Dona Ana Regional Educational Initiative

Some of the bills of interest that were scheduled for action today were:

HJM 1 NM Speech-Language Association Day, scheduled to be considered by the House

SJM 003 Better Hearing and Speech Month, scheduled to be considered by the Senate.

Committee Hearings (to see full agendas for the House committees, click here, for the Senate committees, click here

Friday, Feb 1

House Agriculture and Water Resources Committee, 8:30am, Room 318

House Appropriations and Finance Committee, 1:30pm, Room 307

House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee 1:30pm, Room 315

Joint Session of House and Senate Education Committees, 8:00am Room 317

· HB 3 Education Appropriations Act

House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, 8:30am, Room 309

House Judiciary Committee, 1:30pm, House Chambers

Senate Public Affairs Committee, 2:00pm, Room 326

Senate Rules Committee, 9:00am, Room 321

Saturday, Feb 2

House Appropriations and Finance Committee, 10:00am, Room 307

Monday, Feb 4

Joint Session of House Education and Senate Education Committees, 8:00am, Room 317

· Education Appropriation Act

House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, 8:30am, Room 309

House Judiciary Committee, 1:30pm, or 30 mins after floor session, Room 309

Senate Finance Committee, 1:30pm, Room 322

Tuesday, January 29

The Higher Ed formula is one of the items that will be heard during a Senate Finance Committee hearing today at 1:30. Look for more information in yesterday’s update below. Click here to see Finance Committee agenda.

Bills NMSU are tracking that are scheduled for committee consideration today are: HB 0028, Lottery Scholarships at Tribal Colleges, HJM 0001, NM Speech-Language & Hearing Association Day, SJM 0002, NM Speech Langauge and Hearing Association Day, and SJM 0003 Better Hearing & Speech Month.

Monday, January 28

Both the NM House and Senate will be in session today. The Director of the Educational Retirement Board will again testify, this time before the Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator John Arthur Smith. Director Jan Goodwin will testify regarding “Issues Confronting the Board.” Last week a joint meeting of the House and Senate Education Committee also listened to her testimony about the ERB. The session was not a debate on the two bills that have been introduced regarding ERB solvency, but rather offered information to legislators and answered their questions.

One of those bills HB 64 introduced by Rep. Mimi Stewart was passed by the House Labor Committee last week and is headed to the House Education Committee next. The Senate version of the bill, SB 115, must be considered by the Senate Education Committee but has not yet been scheduled.

Last week was a busy one in Santa Fe for NMSU Aggies. The Santa Fe Chapter of the NMSU Alumni Association held a reception at the New Mexico National Guard Bataan Military Museum. Legislators joined Aggies at the reception where the movie “Among the Dust of Thieves,” created by NMSU Creative Media Institute alumni Sean Pilcher and Matt Wilson, had a special screening. NMSU Aggies also participated in the Las Cruces Day celebrations through the weekend.

Bills of interest that NMSU continues to track include:

SB 0243, State University Educational Television, introduced by Senator Stuart Ingle, which would make an appropriation of $100,000 for KRWG-TV

SB 0254, NMSU Arrowhead Center, introduced by Senator Joseph Cervantes, which would make a$205,600 appropriation to support Arrowhead business development

SB 255, NMSU Minority Student Services Program, introduced by Senate Pro tem Mary Kay Papen, which would provide $100,000 to support the minority student services program.

For a list of the bills that NMSU is tracking, click on the sheet below.

Wednesday, January 23

On Tuesday, Jan 29, NMSU-Grants President Felicia Casados will be one of the witnesses at a Senate Finance hearing regarding higher education issues. President Casados will be testifying on behalf of the NM Association of Community Colleges and will also be joined by Higher Education Department Secretary Jose Garcia, NM Tech’s Dan Lopez will testify on behalf of the Council of University Presidents, Kathy Winograd will testify for Independent Community Colleges, and Dr. Paul Roth, of the Health Service Center at the University of New Mexico. Higher Ed institution Presidents may also testify. The topics listed on the agenda for the Finance Committee are: Student Pipeline and Outcomes; Distance Learning and Education Delivery; Institutional Missions and Measures; and the Formula Initiative. The hearing is at 1:30pm. You can check for possible webcasting of the hearing here.

See our updated tracking list below. And don’t forget to watch for updates on one of the ERB-related bills as it is considered by the House Labor Committee on Thursday afternoon. We’ll let you know if the committee considering the House Bill will be webcast.

Tuesday, January 22

There will be a joint hearing of the House and Senate Education committees on Wednesday, Jan 22. On Friday, there will be another joint hearing of the two committees, at which legislators will hear from representatives of the Education Retirement Board, and the Public Employees Retirement Association. The witnesses will testify on Pension Fund Solvency legislation. On Thursday, Jan 24th, the House Labor and Human Resources Committee will consider the Educational Retirement bill introduced by Representative Mimi Stewart. Two see the two bills that have been introduced, scroll down to the Friday update.

More bills have been added to NMSU’s tracking list. See below for the link.

Monday, January 21

The House Appropriations and Finance Commitee, as well as the Senate Finance Committee were among those that met today. The House of Representatives will adjourn at 10am on Tuesday, and the Senate at 10:30am.

Friday, January 18

The NM House and Senate are not in session on Friday, but will return on Monday. Committees will begin meeting next week, so we hope to be able to update you on NMSU’s legislative initiatives and priorities. Check NMSU’s latest tracking sheet below. One bill that might be of interest is SB 0115, Educational Retirement Changes (click here to see a copy of the bill), introduced by Senator Ingle. The summary reads: “relating to pensions; amending the Educational Retirement Act; increasing certain members’ contribution rates; changing the benefits for new members by imposing a minimum retirement age, delaying the cost-of-living adjustment eligibility and increasing the age and service retirement requirements.”

An ERB House Bill, HB 64, Educational Retirement Changes (click here to read a copy of the bill), was also introduced by Mimi Stewart.

Click here to see the Governor’s speech in its entirety.

Tuesday, March 12

4:00pm

The Senate this afternoon passed unaninmously HB 2, the General Appropriations bill. It now goes back to the House for concurrence. If the House does not concur, there will be a conference to reconcile differences. The vote was 42-0. For information on HB2, see the links below.

8:15am

There are many items we are watching today:

More later!

Monday, March 11

As indicated previously, SB 115, Educational Retirement Changes, introduced by Senator Stuart Ingle was passed by the full Senate yesterday.

Click here to see copies of the bills:

Amendment to SB 115

SB 115 as introduced

SB 301, the NM Scholars Act Scholarship Eligibility bill that would increase the threshold amount of total combined family income that would qualify a student to receive a scholarship under provisions of the NM Scholarship Act from $30,000 to $60,000 adjusted annually, was passed unanimously by the House, 61-0.

SB 60, which contains capital outlay funding for NMSU and other Higher Ed institutions, was passed bythe Senate and received in the House. To see a copy of the bill and what it contains for NMSU and other institutions, click here.