HOUSE BILL 123
53rd legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2017
RELATING TO ANIMAL NEUTERING; IMPOSING AN ADDITIONAL FEE ON COMMERCIAL FEED FOR DOGS AND CATS TO FUND A DOG AND CAT STERILIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM; ESTABLISHING A HOUSEHOLD INCOME LEVEL FOR ASSISTANCE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. Section 77-1B-4 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 2007, Chapter 60, Section 4, as amended) is amended to read:
"77-1B-4. ANIMAL CARE AND FACILITY FUND CREATED--ADMINISTRATION.--
A. The "animal care and facility fund" is created in the state treasury. All fees collected pursuant to the Animal Sheltering Act shall be deposited in the fund.
B. The animal care and facility fund shall consist of money collected by the board pursuant to the Animal Sheltering Act; income from investment of the fund; and money appropriated to the fund or accruing to it through fees or administrative penalties, cooperative research agreements, income, gifts, grants, donations, bequests, sales of promotional items, handbooks or educational materials or any other source. Money in the fund shall not be transferred to another fund or encumbered or expended except for expenditures authorized pursuant to the Animal Sheltering Act.
C. Money in the fund is appropriated by the legislature to the department to be used to help animal shelters and communities defray the cost of implementing the board's initiatives conducted pursuant to the Animal Sheltering Act. The fund shall be administered by the department to carry out the purposes of the Animal Sheltering Act.
D. The "statewide spay and neuter subaccount" is established in the animal care and facility fund. Money in the subaccount shall only be used to carry out the board's dog and cat sterilization assistance program and for the reasonable costs of administering the program. Money collected pursuant to [Section 1 of this 2015 act and Section] Sections 7-2-30.9 and 66-3-424.3 NMSA 1978 and Section 3 of this 2017 act shall be deposited in the subaccount.
E. A disbursement from the fund shall be made only upon a warrant drawn by the secretary of finance and administration pursuant to a voucher signed by the superintendent of regulation and licensing or the superintendent's designee.
F. Unexpended and unencumbered balances in the fund at the end of a fiscal year shall not revert to the general fund."
SECTION 2. Section 77-1B-5 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 2007, Chapter 60, Section 5, as amended) is amended to read:
"77-1B-5. BOARD POWERS AND DUTIES.--The board shall:
A. provide board-recommended standards regarding the infrastructure for all animal shelters;
B. provide board-recommended operating standards for all animal shelters;
C. adopt methods and procedures acceptable for conducting emergency field euthanasia;
D. adopt, promulgate and revise rules necessary to carry out the provisions of the Animal Sheltering Act;
E. have authority to issue licenses and certificates pursuant to the Animal Sheltering Act;
F. establish the types of licenses and certificates that may be issued pursuant to the Animal Sheltering Act and establish criteria for issuing the licenses and certificates;
G. prescribe standards and approve curricula for educational programs that will be used to train and prepare persons for licensure or certification pursuant to the Animal Sheltering Act;
H. implement continuing education requirements for licensees and certificate holders pursuant to the Animal Sheltering Act;
I. conduct administrative hearings upon charges relating to violations of provisions of the Animal Sheltering Act or rules adopted pursuant to that act in accordance with the Uniform Licensing Act;
J. provide for all examinations and for issuance and renewal of licenses and certificates;
K. establish fees not to exceed one hundred fifty dollars ($150) for licenses and certificates pursuant to the Animal Sheltering Act;
L. establish committees as the board deems necessary to effect the provisions of the Animal Sheltering Act;
M. apply for injunctive relief to enforce the provisions of the Animal Sheltering Act;
N. conduct national criminal background checks on applicants seeking licensure or certification under the Animal Sheltering Act;
O. keep a record of all proceedings;
P. make an annual report to the legislature and to the governor;
Q. provide for the inspection of animal shelters and euthanasia agencies;
R. develop mechanisms to address complaints of misconduct at animal shelters and euthanasia agencies and noncompliance with the provisions of the Animal Sheltering Act or rules adopted pursuant to that act;
S. develop mechanisms to address complaints of licensee and certificate holder misconduct and noncompliance;
T. develop a voluntary statewide dog and cat spay and neuter program in conjunction with animal shelters and euthanasia agencies;
U. develop criteria for individuals, groups, animal shelters and euthanasia agencies to receive assistance for dog and cat sterilization from the animal care and facility fund; provided that assistance to individuals and groups may only be given to individuals who have, or to groups whose service recipients have, a household income that does not exceed two hundred fifty percent of the current federal poverty level guidelines published by the United States department of health and human services;
V. disburse money from the animal care and facility fund to qualifying individuals, groups, animal shelters and euthanasia agencies;
W. provide board-recommended standards for maintaining records concerning health care and disposition of animals; and
X. refer to national animal control association standards in determining its regulations."
SECTION 3. A new section of the New Mexico Commercial Feed Act is enacted to read:
"[NEW MATERIAL] SPAY AND NEUTER PROGRAM FEE.--
A. Except as provided in Subsection B of this section, in addition to the registration fee required pursuant to Section 76-19A-10 NMSA 1978, the department shall collect a fee of one hundred dollars ($100) on each brand name or product name of commercial feed that is distributed in New Mexico for consumption by a dog or cat.
B. The provisions of Subsection A of this section do not apply in cases of:
(1) customer-formula feed;
(2) prescription diet feed ordered or manufactured by a veterinarian; or
(3) commercial feed manufactured by a person who demonstrates to the board, in a manner prescribed by the board, that the person's tax-year gross revenue from the distribution of commercial feed is no more than five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000).
C. The fee collected pursuant to Subsection A of this section shall be deposited with the state treasurer and credited to the statewide spay and neuter subaccount of the animal care and facility fund."
SECTION 4. EFFECTIVE DATE.--The effective date of the provisions of this act is July 1, 2017.
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