At this afternoon's hearing for higher education, House Appropriations and Finance determined that LFC budget recommendations would be used a starting point for building the budgets for special schools and the Higher Education Department in House Bill 2. However when it came to higher education institutions, the HAFC went with DFA recommendations because they cost less. This came as somewhat of a surprise, even though lawmakers are troubled by a big potential funding shortfall. Institutions will now be working with an HAFC higher ed subcommittee on more realistic funding.

Meanwhile, the pace is picking up. The House goes in at 10 a.m. tomorrow and the Senate a half hour later.

House Schedule of Committee Hearings

HOUSE EDUCATION SUB-COMMITTEE- NATHAN "NATE" COTE, CHAIRMAN
Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 - 2 p.m. or after Floor Session - Room 318
HB 255 STATE UNIVERSITY EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION (ROCH)
HB 280 GEN. RICHARD T. KNOWLES SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (HALL JC)

HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE -MIMI STEWART, CHAIRMAN
Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 - 8 a.m. - Room 317
HB 67 ACADEMIC CONTENT & PERFORMANCE STANDARDS (MCCAMLEY)
HB 23 HIGHER ED FACULTY TENURE CONDITIONS (SMITH)

HOUSE HEALTH, GOVERNMENT & INDIAN AFFAIRS COMM - JAMES ROGER MADALENA, CHAIRMAN
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 - 8 a.m. - Room 309
HJM 25 SAFE INJECTION PRACTICES FOR HEALTH LICENSES (THOMSON)
HB 66 HEALTH CARE COVERAGE I.D. CARDS (MCCAMLEY)
HB 130 MOVE BRAIN INJURY SERVICE FUND (LARRANAGA)

HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE - GAIL CHASEY, CHAIR
Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 - 1:30 p.m. or 30 minutes after the Floor Session - Room 309
HB 21 PUBLIC MEETING AGENDAS 72 HOURS IN ADVANCE (SMITH)

HOUSE LABOR AND HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE - MIGUEL P. GARCIA, CHAIRMAN
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 - 1:30 p.m. - Room 305
(Revised HB 216 added)
HB 216 FAIR PAY FOR WOMEN ACT (EGOLF)
HB 139 REDUCE WORKERS' COMP PAYMENT FOR DRUG USE (ROCH)
HB 276 TEACHER LICENSING & PERFORMANCE RATINGS (ROCH)
HB 288 WAGE CLAIM ACTION COURT COSTS (HERRELL)
HB 302 UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS & DRUG USE (EZZELL)
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 - 1:30 p.m. - Room 305

VOTERS AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE - MARY HELEN GARCIA, CHAIRWOMAN
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 - 8 a.m. - Room 305
HB 133 DISCLOSURE OF CONTRIBUTIONS BY CONTRACTORS (CHASEY)
HJR 7 LIMIT SCHOOL CLASS SIZES, CA (GARCIA RICHARD)

Senate Schedule of Committee Hearings

FINANCE COMMITTEE - Senator John Arthur Smith, Chairman
Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 - 3 p.m. - Room 322
Capital Outlay Funding Overview and Potential Project Funding, Linda Kehoe,
LFC Staff

EDUCATION COMMITTEE - Senator John M. Sapien, Chairman
Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 - 8 a.m. - Room 311
SB 39 COLLEGE DISTRICT BONDS FOR HARD & SOFTWARE (RUE)
SB 53 RETAIN UNM MEDICAL SCHOOL FACULTY (BEFFORT)
SB 57 UNM HEALTH CENTER NURSING ENROLLMENT (BEFFORT)
SB 115 EDUCATIONAL RETIREMENT CHANGES (INGLE)
SB 263 BERNALILLO GED EDUCATIONAL TRAINING (CANDELARIA/MAESTAS)

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE - Senator Richard C. Martinez, Chairman
Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 - 2:30 p.m. - or ½ hr. after session - Room 321
SB 69 INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR TELEMEDICINE COVERAGE (ORTIZ y PINO)

PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE - Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino, Chairman
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 - 2 p.m. or 1/2 hour after session – Room 321
SB 181 PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE STANDARDS & BOARDS (RUE)
SB 307 PUBLIC RECORDS CHANGES (IVEY-SOTO)
SB 366 COMBINE PRESCRIPTION DRUG REFILLS (IVEY-SOTO/MAESTAS)

RULES COMMITTEE - Senator Linda M. Lopez, Chairman
Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 - 8:30 a.m. - Room 321
HB 329 RECOVERY OF CERTAIN UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS (BROWN)
HB 351 EMPLOYEE PREFERENCE ACT (EZZELL)
HB 388 HOSPITAL EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT CREDIT PURCHASE (ROCH)

Bills Acted on: Feb. 06, 2013

HB 64 EDUCATIONAL RETIREMENT CHANGES Mimi Stewart
HAFC <2> HLC/HEC/HAFC-HLC <7> DP-HEC <16> DP-HAFC

HM 34 UNM SCHOOL OF LAW NATIVE AMERICAN PROGRAMS Georgene Louis
HHGIC <16> HHGIC

SB 48 LARGE EMPLOYERS IN HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGES Linda M. Lopez
SCORC SPREF <1> SPAC/SCORC-SPAC <8> DNP-CS/DP-SCORC

SB 144 HEALTH PRACTITIONER COST-SHARING RATES Bill B. O'Neill
SCORC <2> SPAC/SCORC-SPAC <8> DP-SCORC

SB 172 SIGNED LANGUAGE PRACTICES BOARD Nancy Rodriguez
SJC <2> SPAC/SJC-SPAC <8> DP-SJC

SB 182 PROCUREMENT CODE CHANGES Sander Rue
Luciano "Lucky"Varela SJC <2> SPAC/SJC-SPAC <8> DP-SJC

SB 198 HOSPITALS AS STEMI CENTERS Howie C. Morales
Doreen Y.Gallegos SJC <2> SPAC/SJC-SPAC <8> DP/a-SJC

SB 300 UNM HEALTH CENTER HEPATITIS C PROGRAM Nancy Rodriguez
SFC <3> SPAC/SFC-SPAC <8> DP-SFC

Bills of Interest Introduced on: Feb. 6, 2013

HB 443 UNPAID UNEMPLOYMENT CIVIL ACTIONS Phillip M. Archuleta
HLC/HJC

HB 445 SAFE STAFFING ACT Christine Trujillo
HHGIC/HJC/HAFC

HB 449 EMPLOYER DEFINITIONS, RECORDS & LAWSUITS Miguel P. Garcia
HLC/HJC
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HM 34 UNM SCHOOL OF LAW NATIVE AMERICAN PROGRAMS Georgene Louis
HHGIC

Susan McKinsey, Office of Government and Community Relations