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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Gutierrez
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
1/26/06
HB 193
SHORT TITLE Teen Pregnancy Prevention & Parent Programs
SB
ANALYST Lewis
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
1,000.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
Relates to SB 160 (Teen
Pregnancy Prevention Programs
), which appropriates $2,000,000 for the
same purpose.
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Public Education Department (PED)
Department of Health (DOH)
SUMMARY
FOR THE LEGISLATIVE EDUCATION STUDY COMMITTEE
Synopsis of Bill
House Bill 193 appropriates $1,000,000 from the general fund to the Public Education Depart-
ment to fund a program in public schools around the state to provide teen pregnancy prevention,
parenting and family strengthening programming and career development for teen mothers and
fathers.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $2,000,000 contained in this bill is a recurring expense to the general fund.
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Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of fiscal year 2007 shall revert
to the general fund.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
The Public Education Department (PED) notes that, according the New Mexico Teen Pregnancy
Coalition:
New Mexico has the 3rd highest teen birth rate in the nation.
Teen pregnancy results in serious education and health problems for the mother and father.
Teen mothers are more likely to have serious complication during pregnancy and delivery.
Teen mothers and fathers are less likely to earn a high school diploma.
Babies born to teen mothers are more likely to:
1)
have health problems at birth;
2)
be physically abused, abandoned or neglected;
3)
do poorly in school;
4)
do time in jail; and
5)
become teen parents themselves.
PERFORMANCE IMPLICATIONS
PED suggests that this appropriation would serve to enhance school attendance and graduation
rates as well as increase the number of students performing at grade level in math and reading.
ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
PED notes that it would be required to administer a request for proposal (RFP) and write and
monitor a contract for this program. PED would designate staff to set up a flow-through account
for the appropriation, develop a delivery system and provide technical assistance and fiscal
monitoring of funds. PED states that this can be accomplished with existing staff, and estimates
the total cost to be $6,600 assuming 200 hours of staff time (Educator Administrator-A
@$25.495/hour X 200 hours plus benefits at 30%).
WHAT WILL BE THE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT ENACTING THIS BILL
Without this appropriation
funding may not be available to the public schools for a statewide
program to provide teen pregnancy prevention, parenting and family strengthening programming
and career development for teen mothers and fathers.
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