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2018 Legislative Session Policy Victories

Now that the 2018 Legislative Session has concluded and the Governor has met her signing deadline, New Mexico First is pleased to announce that your voice for smart, bipartisan policy played an influential role in this year’s session. Our public policy organization promotes recommendations developed by citizens during our town halls and forums. We are delighted to report that the Legislature agreed with multiple bills and memorials during its 30-day legislative session, which ended Feb. 15, and the governor signed most of those bills by the March 7 deadline.

During the 2018 regular session of the New Mexico Legislature, New Mexico First advocated for numerous pieces of legislation that aligned with recommendations from the Statewide Town Hall on Water (2014) , the New Mexico Child Care and Early Education Task Force Report (2014), the Statewide Town Hall on Economic Vitality (2016) and the Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture Strategic Plan (Ag Plan). Our policy proposals and priorities were the creation of thoughtful deliberations among the hundreds of dedicated New Mexicans who have participated in these town halls and task forces.

Economy

SB 17: GROSS RECEIPTS FOR CERTAIN NONPROFITS

Would have imposed gross receipts tax on nonprofits, but only if they operated within a national laboratory. This would have protected the state from losing millions of tax revenue if Los Alamos National Laboratory is operated by a nonprofit. PASSED BY LEGISLATURE, VETOED BY GOVERNOR

HB 38: WIRELESS CONSUMER ADVANCED INFRASTRUCTURE

Creates rules and procedures under which wireless service providers may obtain use of rights of way owned by local governments to place small wireless-service equipment. PASSED BY LEGISLATURE, SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

HB 207: LIBRARY BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE FUND

Creates the nonreverting Library Broadband Infrastructure Fund, to be managed by the Department of Information Technology. The fund will leverage matching grants, support grant applications and compliance, and provide for mapping and support materials for broadband at public, tribal and school libraries. PASSED BY LEGISLATURE, SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Education

HB 193: EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE ACCOUNTABILITY ACT

Establishes specific standards for licensure and registration of licensed early childhood care programs. PASSED BY LEGISLATURE, SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Agriculture and Water

HM 61: PROTECT PROGRAMS VITAL TO NM ECONOMY (MEMORIAL ON REAUTHORIZATION OF THE FEDERAL FARM BILL)
Authored by New Mexico First, outlines the economic importance of the federal Farm Bill to New Mexico, and calls on legislators to protect New Mexico’s interests in the drafting of the next Farm Bill. The Farm Bill is highly relevant to multiple goals and recommendations within the Ag Plan. PASSED AND SIGNED BY LEGISLATURE

HM 55: REDUCE SCHOOL FOOD WASTE

Requests the LESC and the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee to review existing programs to reduce school food waste, and to study ways to create and expand policies allowing unused food to go to the benefit of hungry children. PASSED AND SIGNED BY LEGISLATURE

HB 246: ESTABLISH ADVANCED MAPPING FUND

House Bill 246 would have appropriated $1 million from the general fund to the newly-created advanced mapping fund administered by the OSE for water resource mapping. UNANIMOUSLY PASSED BY LEGISLATURE, POCKET-VETOED BY GOVERNOR



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