HOUSE BILL 66
52nd legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2015
RELATING TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; AMENDING A SECTION OF THE SEVERANCE TAX BONDING ACT TO REQUIRE THE STATE INVESTMENT COUNCIL TO INVEST ONE-FOURTH PERCENT OF THE MARKET VALUE OF THE SEVERANCE TAX PERMANENT FUND IN NEW MEXICO BUSINESSES THAT ARE APPROVED BY THE TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH COLLABORATIVE; TRANSFERRING THE FISCAL ADMINISTRATION OF THE TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH COLLABORATIVE FROM THE NEW MEXICO INSTITUTE OF MINING AND TECHNOLOGY TO THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT; CHANGING THE COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD OF THE TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH COLLABORATIVE; REPEALING A SECTION OF THE NMSA 1978.
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) is amended to read:
"7-27-5.15. NEW MEXICO PRIVATE EQUITY FUNDS AND BUSINESS INVESTMENTS.--
A. No more than nine percent of the market value of the severance tax permanent fund may be invested in New Mexico private equity funds or New Mexico businesses under this section. One-fourth percent of the market value of the severance tax permanent fund shall be invested in New Mexico business enterprises that are approved by the technology research collaborative.
B. In making investments pursuant to Subsection A of this section, the council shall make investments in New Mexico private equity funds or New Mexico businesses whose investments or enterprises enhance the economic development objectives of the state.
C. The state investment officer shall make investments in New Mexico private equity funds pursuant to Subsection A of this section only upon approval of the council, upon review of the recommendation of the private equity investment advisory committee and within guidelines and policies established by the council.
D. As used in this section:
(1) "New Mexico business" means, in the case of a corporation or limited liability company, a business with its principal office and a majority of its full-time employees located in New Mexico or, in the case of a limited partnership, a business with its principal place of business and eighty percent of its assets located in New Mexico; and
(2) "New Mexico private equity fund" means a 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 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;
(d) 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
(e) accepts investments only from accredited investors as that term is defined in Section 2 of the federal Securities Act of 1933, as amended (15 USCA Section 77(b)), and rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to that section, or federally recognized Indian tribes, nations and pueblos with at least five million dollars ($5,000,000) in overall investment assets.
E. The state investment officer is authorized to make investments in New Mexico businesses to create new job opportunities and to support new, emerging or expanding businesses in a manner consistent with the constitution of New Mexico if:
(1) the investments are made:
(a) in conjunction with cooperative investment agreements with parties that have demonstrated abilities and relationships in making investments in new, emerging or expanding businesses;
(b) in a New Mexico aerospace business that has received an award from the United States government or one of its agencies or instrumentalities: 1) in an amount, not less than one hundred million dollars ($100,000,000), that is equal to at least ten times the investment from the severance tax permanent fund; and 2) for the purpose of stimulating commercial enterprises; or
(c) in a New Mexico business that is approved by the technology research collaborative and that: 1) is established to perform technology transfer, research and development, research commercialization, manufacturing, training, marketing or public relations in any field of science or technology, including but not limited to energy, security, defense, aerospace, automotives, electronics, telecommunications, computer and information science, environmental science, biomedical science, life science, physical science, materials science or nanoscience, using research developed in whole or in part by a state institution of higher education or a prime contractor designated as a national laboratory by an act of congress that is operating a facility in the state, or an affiliated entity; and 2) has [an agreement] agreed to operate the business [on state lands] within the state of New Mexico;
(2) an investment in any one business does not exceed ten percent of the amount available for investment pursuant to this section; and
(3) the investments represent no more than [fifty-one] forty-nine percent of the total investment capital in a business; provided, however, that nothing in this subsection prohibits the ownership of more than [fifty-one] forty-nine percent of the total investment capital in a New Mexico business if the additional ownership interest:
(a) is due to foreclosure or other action by the state investment officer pursuant to agreements with the business or other investors in that business;
(b) is necessary to protect the investment; and
(c) does not require an additional investment of the severance tax permanent fund.
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 percent of the market value of the severance tax permanent fund to create new job opportunities by providing capital for land, buildings or infrastructure for facilities to support new or expanding businesses and to otherwise make investments to create new job opportunities to support new or expanding businesses in a manner consistent with the constitution of New Mexico. On July 1 of each year, the state investment officer shall determine whether the invested capital in the small business investment corporation is less than one percent of the market value of the severance tax permanent fund. If the invested capital in the small business investment corporation equals less than 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 percent of the market value of the fund.
G. The state investment officer shall report semiannually on the New Mexico private equity investments made pursuant to this section. 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. Each report shall provide the amounts invested in
each New Mexico business and the returns on those investments."
SECTION 2. [NEW MATERIAL] TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH COLLABORATIVE CREATED--PURPOSE.--
A. The "technology research collaborative" is created. The economic development department shall be the fiscal agent for the collaborative.
B. Participating institutions associated with the collaborative shall include national laboratories, other major research institutes and all of the post-secondary educational institutions in New Mexico.
C. The purpose of the collaborative is to:
(1) establish advanced technology centers based on the wealth of scientific and technical talent that exists in the participating institutions;
(2) foster the development and creation of new intellectual property for the state, encourage new opportunities for business and increase jobs;
(3) commercialize the intellectual property that is created; and
(4) help create a work force to support enterprises based on the intellectual property that is created.
D. Intellectual property created by an employee or agent of an institution participating with the collaborative shall be owned by that institution. Intellectual property created jointly by the collaborative and an institution shall be owned jointly by those entities. If the intellectual property is created using federal funds, the applicable federal laws and regulations shall govern the ownership.
E. The collaborative may receive appropriations from the legislature through the economic development department and may receive any other items of value from public or private sources.
F. The "board of the technology research collaborative" is created. The board shall consist of eleven members as follows:
(1) the presidents, or their designees, of the university of New Mexico, New Mexico state university and New Mexico institute of mining and technology;
(2) five members at large, appointed by the governor, with the consent of the senate, who include persons that have expertise in the law, investment banking, venture capital, entrepreneurship or technology businesses;
(3) the director of Sandia national laboratories or the director's designee;
(4) the director of Los Alamos national laboratory or the director's designee; and
(5) the secretary of economic development, who may vote only in order to break a tie vote.
G. Appointed members shall serve for two-year terms at the pleasure of the governor. Members shall serve until their successors have been appointed. The governor may fill any vacancy on the board for the remainder of an unexpired term.
H. The board may elect a chair and other officers as it deems necessary to carry out its duties. A majority of the members of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and the board shall meet monthly. Board members shall not vote by proxy. Meetings of the board shall be exempt from the provisions of the Inspection of Public Records Act.
I. Public members of the board shall receive per diem and mileage pursuant to the Per Diem and Mileage Act and shall receive no other compensation, perquisite or allowance.
J. The board shall:
(1) employ a director and other staff, who shall be exempt from the provisions of the Personnel Act, as the board deems necessary to provide continuity and management of the collaborative;
(2) prepare annual reports to the legislature on the expenditures and progress of the collaborative and performance results of investments approved by the collaborative made by the state investment council pursuant to Section 7-27-5.15 NMSA 1978; and
(3) review and approve or disapprove equity investments in New Mexico businesses by the state investment council pursuant to Section 7-27-5.15 NMSA 1978; except that no member of the board may participate in or influence an investment decision in which that member has a conflict of interest, pecuniary interest or other disqualifying interest respecting an enterprise considered by the board. All members shall certify annually and in writing compliance with this provision.
SECTION 3. REPEAL.--Section 21-11-8.6 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 2013, Chapter 130, Section 1) is repealed.
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