At the end of the 2017 Session, the Legislature did pass a FY 2018 budget, the General Appropriations Act (HAFC Sub. for HB 2& HB 3/a). The bill number reflects the various amendments between the two chambers. The House concurred with the Senate amendments. The bill now awaits action by Governor Martinez, who has announced that she plans to veto it and call a special session.
The budget for the New Mexico State Library, including grants-in-aid programs, was not changed during the legislative process.
There were no capital outlay projects for libraries in any of the capital outlay bills. Two library projects funded in 2013 had their unexpended balances reallocated to other projects in Senate Bill 362.
Following the Governor’s veto of Senate Bill 200, relating to additonal compensation for board-certified teacher-librarians and school councilors, the companion bill,House Bill 130 by Rep.
Christine Trujillo was not acted upon by the Senate Finance Committee.
Although Governor Martinez vetoed Senate Bill 24, pertaining to local government broadband development, she did sign another important broadband bill, House Bill 60. >Read More
Synopsis of HB 60 from the Legislative Council Service Fiscal Impact Report
This proposed amendment to the Local Economic Development Act amends the definition
section to add a definition for “broadband telecommunications network facilities.” The Local
Economic Development Act allows localities to establish public-private partnerships for
purposes of economic development. This amendment allows broadband telecommunications
network facilities to fall under the Local Economic Development Act.
There are no fiscal implications. This bill would allow the Economic Development Department
to use Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) Funds to include broadband purposes.
The Economic Development Department can continue to include LEDA awards distributed for
broadband purposes in the agency’s current performance measure “Number of jobs created
through the use of Local Economic Development Act Funds,” as well as “Number of private
sector dollars leveraged by each dollar through the Local Economic Development Act.”
The New Mexico Department of Information Technology (DoIT) Office of Broadband and
Geospatial Initiatives (OBGI) purpose is to provide a permanent solution for planning and
supporting statewide broadband and geospatial initiatives. The Office focuses on advancing
broadband availability, affordability, adoption, and use of technologies, building partnerships
with state, local, federal and private entities, and leveraging returns on investments, economies of scale, and sustainability. OBGI’s current initiatives include Broadband for Business (BB4B) and has undertaken several studies to be completed at the end of this fiscal year that could be leveraged and used in informing and making the best decisions for broadband investments in the State.
OTHER SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES
The New Mexico Economic Development Department already considers broadband
telecommunications network facilities eligible as infrastructure under the Local Economic
Development Act. For example, in 2016 the Local Economic Development Act was utilized for
the “installation of IT infrastructure including telecommunications and all necessary support for internet and broadband connectivity” at Wildflower International LLC.
Joe Sabatini, Co-Chair
New Mexico Library Association
Category: Legislative Update