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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Feldman
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
1/24/06
HB
SHORT TITLE Expand NM Pre-Dental Clubs
SB 85
ANALYST Earp
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$65.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
Relates to Senate Bill 83 and House Bill 172
Relates to Appropriation in the General Appropriation Act
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Higher Education Department (HED)
Department of Health (DOH)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 85 appropriates $65,000 from the general fund to the Higher Education Department
(HED) to increase funding for pre-dental clubs and to fund pre-dental clubs at four additional
institutions of higher education.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $65,000 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.
The sum of $28,500 was appropriated for this purpose in Chapter 34, Laws of 2005 (Senate Bill
190.) The Legislative Finance Committee funding recommendation for fiscal year 2007 has in-
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cluded this amount as a component of a block-grant appropriation to HED for special project ex-
pansion. The Executive has not recommended continued funding for this line-item appropria-
tion. Therefore, approval of the appropriation in this bill would result in the augmentation of the
funding contained in HB 2 if the LFC recommendation for the General Appropriation Act is
adopted, but the Senate Bill 9 appropriation would constitute the total amount of funding if the
Executive recommendation is adopted.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
The Department of Health indicates that New Mexico continues to experience a shortage of den-
tists. The Governor's Oral Health Council has recommended that pre-dental clubs be established
at all institutions of higher learning statewide. Pre-dental clubs would have the ability to provide
career counseling and mentorship programs to undergraduate students. The objective is to better
prepare New Mexico students for entry into dental schools and to increase the number of New
Mexicans in the dental profession.
ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
HED is granted responsibility for administering the appropriation contained in this bill and
would sub-allocate the available funding to higher education institutions having or developing
pre-dental clubs.
CONFLICT, DUPLICATION, COMPANIONSHIP, RELATIONSHIP
This bill is related to Senate Bill 83 and House Bill 172, both of which seek to address the short-
age of dental care professionals in New Mexico through the expansion of dental hygiene pro-
gram capacity in the state.
OTHER SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES
Information provided by HED indicates that, like many other health care professions, the issues
of aging professional personnel and a growing state population pose challenges in dental care.
New Mexico ranks 49
th
among the states in the number of dentists per capita. Further, there are
particular shortages of dental professionals in rural areas of the state.
There are two dental hygienist programs in the state. The program at the University of New
Mexico accepts 24 new students per year and the program at San Juan College accepts 12 pa-
tients per year. The number of licensed dental hygienists has increased since 1995; however, this
growth has not kept up with New Mexico population growth.
DE/yr