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Steven Hsieh

Special Session: Here's What Passed

A list of all the bills passed by your lawmakers during the seven-day session

October 6, 2016, 4:30 pm

Following seven days of partisan bickering and an all-night debate over capital punishment, the Legislature ended a special session after passing a host of bills intended to close a $600 million state budget deficit. 

Here’s what they passed: 

Senate Bill 2 transfers into the general fund about $219 million from a pool of settlement cash paid by Big Tobacco. About $131 million goes to patch up last fiscal year’s budget, while the rest covers a portion of this year’s. The bill also transfers some unspent appropriations back into the state’s general fund. (Senate: 41-1, House: 43-22)

Senate Bill 4 transfers into the general fund about $12.5 meant for public school projects to a fund for books, tech and other instructional materials. It also reserves $25 million from the project fund for potential re-appropriation over the next five fiscal years. (Senate: 39-3, House: 69-0)

Senate Bill 6 tightens some tax loopholes, including an incentive for health practitioners and a credit for employers who pay a certain wage. It also speeds up a planned phase out of a hold-harmless tax for some food and health care services. The bill also transfers about $1.5 million from the general fund to Child Youth and Families to support child abuse prevention. Finally, it reduces a monthly payment to a legislative retirement fund from $200,000 to $75,000. An analysis estimates that the bill would generate about $10 million of revenue for this fiscal year. (Senate: 34-8, House: 50-17)

Senate Bill 7 brings in limited revenue in two different ways. First, it halts a $250,000 monthly payment to the Retiree Healthcare Authority and delays a planned 12 percent annual increase for two fiscal years. It also stops automatic payments to a fire protection grant fund. The bill would result in about $4.7 million staying in the general fund for the fiscal year. (Senate 38-4, House: 66-1)

Senate Bill 8 eliminates funds for a bunch of inactive tax bond projects across the state. It will increase general fund reserves by about $89.9 million. (Senate: 38-3, House: 50-13)

Senate Bill 9 is a doozy, and is estimated to plug up about $184.5 million of the deficit. It cuts a bunch of dollars from state agency budgets: 3 percent from the judiciary and about 5.5 percent for most other agencies. Safe from the chopping block are Children, Youth and Families, Public Safety, and any services for sexual assault survivors and prevention. (Senate: 42-0, House: 36-32)

Senate Bill 12 pays for the session. It ended up costing about $157,000. House expenses added up to $79,000, while the Senate cost taxpayers about $53,400. Legislative Council Service and the copy room accounted for the rest. (Senate: 42-0, House: 58-6)

Here’s what passed the House, but didn’t receive a Senate floor vote:

House Bill 5 adds violations eligible for New Mexico’s so-called “three-strikes” law, which imposes mandatory life sentences to people who commit three violent felonies. (House vote: 49-14)

House Bill 6 modifies a law that makes life sentences an option for people convicted of intentional child abuse that results in death. It increases the minimum age of the victim from 12 to 18. The sole holdout, Rep. Christine Trujillo (D-Albuquerque), said she did not oppose the bill, but the way it was brought up. (House vote: 66-1)

House Bill 7 reinstates the death penalty as an option for people who murder children, police officers, and corrections workers. (House vote: 36-30)

Here’s what passed the Senate, but didn’t receive a House floor vote:

Senate Bill 3 removes the current 450-plant limit for nonprofit medical marijuana producers and replaces it with a cap that is equal to 15 percent of the number of card carriers in the state. It limits license fees for nonprofits to $200 per plant. (29-13)

Senate Bill 5 delays a scheduled corporate income tax reduction by two years. It would have brought in an estimated $13.8 million of revenue for the current fiscal year. (21-20)

Senate Bill 10 transfers to the general fund about $25 million from a public school fund called the state equalization guarantee. (38-4)

Senate Bill 11 authorizes the Department of Agriculture to research hemp for industrial purposes. (35-5)

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story gave the wrong current plant count limit for cannabis producers.


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