46th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2003
RELATING TO THE SEVERANCE TAX PERMANENT FUND; AMENDING A SECTION OF THE NMSA 1978 PERTAINING TO REQUIREMENTS FOR INVESTMENT OF THE SEVERANCE TAX PERMANENT FUND IN NEW MEXICO PRIVATE EQUITY FUNDS; COMPILING PROVISIONS OF LAWS 2001, CHAPTER 238, SECTION 1; DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
Section 1. Section 7-27-5.15 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1990, Chapter 126, Section 5, as amended by Laws 2001, Chapter 238, Section 1 and by Laws 2001, Chapter 252, Section 10) is amended to read:
"7-27-5.15. NEW MEXICO PRIVATE EQUITY [
FUND] FUNDS AND
SMALL BUSINESS INVESTMENTS.--
A. No more than three percent of the market value of the severance tax permanent fund may be invested in New Mexico private equity funds under this section.
B. If an investment is made under Subsection A of this section, not more than fifteen million dollars ($15,000,000) of the amount authorized for investment pursuant to Subsection A of this section shall be invested in any one New Mexico private equity fund. The amount invested in any one New Mexico private equity fund shall not exceed fifty percent of the committed capital of that fund.
C. In making investments pursuant to Subsection A of this section, the council shall give consideration to investments in New Mexico private equity funds whose investments enhance the economic development objectives of the state.
D. The state investment officer shall make investments pursuant to Subsection A of this section only upon approval of the council and upon review of the recommendation of the private equity investment advisory committee. The state investment officer is authorized to make investments pursuant to Subsection A of this section contingent upon a New Mexico private equity fund securing paid-in investments from other accredited investors for the balance of the minimum committed capital of the fund.
E. As used in this section:
(1) "committed capital" means the sum of the fixed amounts of money that accredited investors have obligated for investment in a New Mexico private equity fund and which fixed amounts may be invested in that fund on one or more payments over time; and
(2) "New Mexico private equity fund" means any limited partnership, limited liability company or corporation organized and operating in the United States and maintaining an office staffed by a full-time investment officer in New Mexico that:
(a) has as its primary business activity the investment of funds in return for equity in or debt of businesses for the purpose of providing capital for start-up, expansion, product or market development, recapitalization or similar business purposes;
(b) holds out the prospects for capital appreciation from such investments;
(c) has a minimum committed capital of
fifteen million dollars ($15,000,000)] seven million five
hundred thousand dollars ($7,500,000);
(d) has at least one full-time manager with at least three years of professional experience in assessing the growth prospects of businesses or evaluating business plans and who has established permanent residency in the state;
(e) is committed to investing or helps secure investing by others in an amount at least equal to the total investment made by the state investment officer in that fund pursuant to this section, in businesses with a principal place of business in the state and that hold promise for attracting additional capital from individual or institutional investors nationwide for businesses in the state; and
(f) accepts investments only from accredited investors as that term is defined in Section 2 of the federal Securities Act of 1933, as amended, (15 U.S.C. Section 77(b)) and rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to that section.
F. The state investment officer shall make a commitment to the small business investment corporation pursuant to the Small Business Investment Act to invest one-fourth of one percent of the market value of the severance tax permanent fund by July 1, 2001 to create new job opportunities by providing land, buildings or infrastructure for facilities to support new or expanding businesses. If invested capital in the small business investment corporation should at any time fall below one-fourth of one percent of the market value of the severance tax permanent fund, further commitments shall be made until the invested capital is equal to one-fourth of one percent of the market value of the fund. As used in this subsection, "invested capital" means the original capital contributed less any return of cost by the private equity funds.
G. The state investment officer shall report semiannually on investments made pursuant to this section in New Mexico private equity funds. Annually, a report shall be submitted to the legislature prior to the beginning of each regular legislative session and a second report no later than October 1 each year to the legislative finance committee, the revenue stabilization and tax policy committee and any other appropriate interim committee. Each report shall provide the amounts invested in each New Mexico private equity fund, as well as information about the objectives of the funds, the companies in which each fund is invested and how each investment enhances the economic development objectives of the state."
Section 2. EMERGENCY.--It is necessary for the public peace, health and safety that this act take effect immediately.