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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
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ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
1/24/06
2/13/06 HB
SHORT TITLE Public School Hospitality & Tourism Education
SB 55/aSFC
ANALYST Earp
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
NFI
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Higher Education Department (HED)
Tourism Department (TD)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of SFC Amendment
The Senate Finance Committee amendments to Senate Bill 55 remove the appropriation from the
bill. As amended, the bill has no direct fiscal impact. It is presumed that the proposed program
would continue to be offered with support from the hospitality industry as in the past.
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 55 appropriates $100,000 from the general fund to the Board of Regents of Eastern
New Mexico University (ENMU) for the purpose of implementing an industry-recognized certi-
fication program in hospitality and tourism education for high school students throughout the
state.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $100,000 contained in this bill is a recurring expense to the general fund.
Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of fiscal year 2007 shall revert
to the general fund.
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SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
This request was not included in the list of priority projects submitted by ENMU to the New
Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED). Consequently, this request was not reviewed
nor recommended by NMHED for funding in fiscal year 2007.
ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
ENMU would administer the proposed program. It is anticipated that necessary administrative
expenses would be absorbed within the appropriated amount.
OTHER SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES
The New Mexico Tourism Department reports that it supports any legislation that results in im-
proved customer relations with visitors to New Mexico. There is a significant need for individu-
alized training for high school students who will make up the future tourism industry workforce.
Information provided by the New Mexico Restaurant Association (NMRA) through ENMU indi-
cates that NMRA supports this initiative which currently involves 39 schools serving 1,200 stu-
dents in New Mexico.
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