UNM's Office of Government and Community Relations has launched the 2012 Bill Tracker - your best destination for following legislation of interest through the 2012 session.  The Tracker will update UNM-related bills, HSC-related bills and legislation related to budget/capital outlay and HR/retirement issues.  You can find the Tracker and other legislative information at Government Relations.

Several more bills were pre-filed last Friday.  As mentioned previously, legislators can pre-file bills for consideration in the 2012 session until Jan. 14, 2012.

UNM-Related Bills

HJR 1 PRESERVE LAND GRANT PERMANENT FUND, CA

Jim R. Trujillo
ENDORSED BY THE INVESTMENTS AND PENSIONS OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
A JOINT RESOLUTION PROPOSING TO AMEND ARTICLE 12, SECTION 7 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF NEW MEXICO TO PRESERVE THE LAND GRANT PERMANENT FUNDS BY INCREASING THE DUTY OF CARE AND CHANGING THE LIMITATIONS ON INVESTMENT.

HJR 2 LAND GRANT FUND ANNUAL DISTRIBUTION, CA

Jim R. Trujillo
PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE 12, SECTION 7 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF NEW MEXICO TO PROVIDE FOR AN ANNUAL DISTRIBUTION FROM THE LAND GRANT PERMANENT FUNDS EQUAL TO FIVE AND EIGHT-TENTHS PERCENT OF THE FIVE-YEAR HISTORICAL AVERAGE OF THE VALUE OF THE FUND AND THAT, UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, A PORTION OF THE AMOUNT DISTRIBUTED FROM THE PERMANENT SCHOOL FUND SHALL BE USED TO IMPLEMENT AND MAINTAIN EDUCATION REFORMS AS PROVIDED BY LAW.

SB 21 ENERGY TECHNOLOGY HIGHER ED ENDOWMENT FUND

Timothy M. Keller
RELATING TO HIGHER EDUCATION; CREATING THE ENERGY TECHNOLOGY HIGHER EDUCATION ENDOWMENT FUND TO FUND THE CURRICULUM, TEACHING, RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND COMMERCIALIZATION OF ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES; REQUIRING AN ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE FINANCE COMMITTEE EVALUATION AND REPORT; TEMPORARILY DISTRIBUTING A PORTION OF GROSS RECEIPTS TAX REVENUE TO THE FUND; MAKING AN APPROPRIATION.

SJM 3 CREATE INTERIM HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Timothy M. Keller
FOR THE LEGISLATIVE EDUCATION STUDY COMMITTEE
A JOINT MEMORIAL REQUESTING THE NEW MEXICO LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO CREATE A TWO-YEAR INTERIM LEGISLATIVE HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE.

HR/Retirement
HB 30 PROHIBIT STATE EMPLOYEE"GOLDEN PARACHUTE"

William "Bill" R. Rehm
" EXTRAORDINARY BENEFITS RESTRICTED.--A state educational institution shall not pay unearned compensation, severance allowance or other remuneration to an employee who earns more than two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) annually and who resigns or is terminated, unless such compensation or remuneration is required by the terms of the employee's employment agreement in force at least one hundred eighty days prior to the employee's resignation or termination. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit a private individual or entity from paying unearned compensation, severance allowance or other remuneration to an employee who resigned or was terminated for any reason."

HSC-Related Bills

HB 18 TRANSFER HEALTH INFO DATA MANAGEMENT

Mimi Stewart
FOR THE LEGISLATIVE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE
AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH CARE; AMENDING SECTIONS OF THE HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEM ACT TO TRANSFER DATA MANAGEMENT DUTIES FROM THE NEW MEXICO HEALTH POLICY COMMISSION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH; ENACTING A TEMPORARY PROVISION TO TRANSFER ALL PROPERTY, RECORDS AND CONTRACTS DIRECTLY RELATING TO DATA MANAGEMENT DUTIES UNDER THE HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEM ACT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH; RECONCILING MULTIPLE AMENDMENTS TO THE SAME SECTION OF LAW IN LAWS 2005.

HB 19 HEALTH CARE WORK FORCE DATA COLLECTION

Mimi Stewart
FOR THE LEGISLATIVE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE
AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH CARE; AMENDING SECTIONS OF THE HEALTH CARE WORK FORCE DATA COLLECTION, ANALYSIS AND POLICY ACT TO DIRECT THAT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO ASSUME DATA-RELATED DUTIES PURSUANT TO THAT ACT; TRANSFERRING ALL DATA, APPROPRIATIONS, PROPERTY, PERSONNEL, RECORDS AND CONTRACTS RELATED TO DATA COLLECTION, ANALYSIS, STORAGE OR USE UNDER THE HEALTH CARE WORK FORCE DATA COLLECTION, ANALYSIS AND POLICY ACT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO.

HB 26 REDUCE MILL LEVY TO PAY FOR COUNTY HOSPITALS

William "Bill" R. Rehm
RELATING TO TAXATION; REDUCING THE MILL LEVY TO PAY THE COST OF OPERATING AND MAINTAINING COUNTY HOSPITALS IN CERTAIN CLASS A COUNTIES

HB 29 REDUCE PROPERTY TAX LEVY FOR COUNTY HOSPITALS

William "Bill" R. Rehm
RELATING TO TAXATION; REDUCING THE PROPERTY TAX LEVY FOR COUNTY HOSPITAL FUNDING.

Other Bills of Interest


HB 23 EXTENDING GROSS RECEIPTS DEDUCTION

Mary Helen Garcia Carlos R.Cisneros
FOR THE REVENUE STABILIZATION AND TAX POLICY COMMITTEE
DEDUCTION--GROSS RECEIPTS--NONATHLETIC SPECIAL EVENT AT POST-SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION.--Receipts received from July 1, 2007 through June 30, <2012> 2017 from admissions to a nonathletic special event held at a venue that is located on the campus of a post-secondary educational institution within fifty miles of the New Mexico border and that accommodates at least ten thousand persons may be deducted from gross receipts."

SB 16 STATE GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT TAX CREDIT

Timothy M. Keller
RELATING TO TAXATION; ENACTING NEW SECTIONS OF THE INCOME TAX ACT AND THE CORPORATE INCOME AND FRANCHISE TAX ACT; CREATING THE STATE GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT TAX CREDIT.
B. The purpose of the state graduate employment tax credit is to encourage the full-time employment of qualified state graduates within the eighteen months of graduation from one of the state educational institutions enumerated in Article 12, Section 11 of the constitution of New Mexico.

For more information e-mail Susan McKinsey at mckinsey@unm.edu