SENATE BILL 295
51st legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - second session, 2014
RELATING TO NATURAL RESOURCES; TRANSFERRING TEN PERCENT OF CERTAIN ALLOCATIONS OF MONEY DEPOSITED IN THE WATER PROJECT FUND TO THE NATURAL HERITAGE CONSERVATION FUND FOR FOREST AND WATERSHED RESTORATION PROJECTS.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. Section 72-4A-9 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 2001, Chapter 164, Section 9, as amended) is amended to read:
"72-4A-9. WATER PROJECT FUND--CREATED--PURPOSE.--
A. The "water project fund" is created in the New Mexico finance authority and shall consist of distributions made to the fund from the water trust fund and payments of principal of and interest on loans for approved water projects. The fund shall also consist of any other money appropriated, distributed or otherwise allocated to the fund for the purpose of supporting water projects pursuant to provisions of the Water Project Finance Act. The fund shall be administered by the authority. Income from investment of the water project fund shall be credited to the fund. Balances in the fund at the end of any fiscal year shall not revert to the general fund. The water project fund may consist of such subaccounts as the authority deems necessary to carry out the purposes of the fund. The authority may establish procedures and adopt rules as required to administer the fund and to recover from the fund costs of administering the fund and originating grants and loans. Ten percent of all water project funds [shall be dedicated to the state engineer for water rights adjudications, and twenty percent of the money dedicated for water rights adjudications shall be allocated to the administrative office of the courts for the courts' costs associated with those adjudications] attributable to the annual allocation of severance tax bonding capacity for water projects deposited in the water project fund pursuant to Section 7-27-10.1 NMSA 1978 shall be transferred annually to the natural heritage conservation fund for forest and watershed restoration projects conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Natural Heritage Conservation Act.
B. Money in the water project fund may be used to make loans or grants to qualified entities for any project approved by the legislature [and for water rights adjudications].
C. The authority is authorized to issue revenue bonds payable from the proceeds of loan repayments made into the water project fund upon a determination by the authority that issuance of the bonds is necessary to replenish the principal balance of the fund. The net proceeds from the sale of the bonds shall be deposited in the water project fund. The bonds shall be authorized and issued by the authority in accordance with the provisions of the New Mexico Finance Authority Act."
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