Category: Legislative Update

Library Legislative Bulletin #10

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Governor Martinez acted on HB 2, the General Appropriations Act, by signing it. However, she line-item vetoed the entire section of the act which funded the Legislative branch of government and the entire section funding all New Mexico higher education institutions.
 
 
The budget for the New Mexico State Library, including grants-in-aid programs, was passed without line-item vetos, except for a $75,000 item added by the Legislature which would have enabled schools to participate statewide in the national history day program.

Governor Martinez also vetoed a separate bill which raised the gasoline tax and made other revenue-enhancing provisions to the tax code.

It is certain that there will be a special session of the Legislature to fix this untenable situation.

  

Joe Sabatini, Co-Chair
Legislation Committee

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Library Legislative Bulletin #9

| March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

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

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Library Legislative Bulletin #8

| March 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

As we head into the final days of the session, we are still awaiting final action on the General Appropriations Act (HAFC Sub. for HB 2& HB 3/a). The bill number reflects the various amendments between the two chambers.  The amended version passed the House Appropriations and Finance Committee on a 10-6 vote and is now on the House Agenda Concurrence Calendar.

The main capital outlay bill, SB 101, Severance Tax Bond Projects, is still awaiting action by the Senate Finance Committee.  This bill was heard in Senate Finance on Tuesday afternoon, but has not yet come out of committee.

Check the Capital Outlay page to see the updated version once it clears committee:  https://www.nmlegis.gov/Legislation/BillFinder/Capital_Outlay
Governor’s Veto Message on SB 200 Says School Librarians Are Not Teachers.

We now have the Governor’s veto message on SB 200, a bill relating to eligibility for salary increments for staff certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The phrase “licensed school employees” is substituted for the word “teachers”. 

>Read more…

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Library Legislative Bulletin #7

| March 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

As we head into the final week of the session, we are awaiting final action on the the General Appropriations Act (HAFC Sub. for HB 2& HB 3/a). The bill number reflects the various amendments between the two chambers. The appropriation amount for the New Mexico State Library has remained the same through this process, so the state grants-in-aid programs will likely continue at their current levels. Once the bill passes, the Governor could veto the whole bill, which might necessitate a special session.

The main capital outlay bill, SB 101, Severance Tax Bond Projects, is still awaiting action by the Senate Finance Committee. This bill will be heard in Senate Finance Monday afternoon, and is likely be fast-tracked once it comes out of committee. The version of SB 101 posted currently on the Legislature’s website is a “dummy” bill showing only a few projects. We do not know how many of the twenty one library projects proposed by 37 individual legislators will be included in the final bill. Check the Capital Outlay page to see the updated version once it clears committee: https://www.nmlegis.gov/Legislation/BillFinder/Capital_Outlay

There are two legislative items which pertain to public school libraries. > Read more…

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Library Legislative Bulletin #6

| February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Thanks to the librarians who attended the Department of Cultural Affairs budget hearing on February 9th. Cynthia Shetter gave a short presentation about the importance of libraries and the need for continued state grants-in-aid funding.

The deadline for bill introductions was February 16. No new bills were introduced having substantive library content.  In HB 499, by Larry A. LarraƱaga and Jason C. Harper, some severance tax bond funded projects dating from 2013 and 2014 were reauthorized. This included a capital outlay project for $70,000 for renovations and improvements at the Ernie Pyle Library in Albuquerque.

Read more about Capital Outlay Funding

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