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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Rawson
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
1/25/2006
1/25/2006 HB
SHORT TITLE Additional 3
rd
Judicial District Employees
SB 97
ANALYST McOlash
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$272.6
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
Relates to: SB 34.
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC)
3
rd
Judicial District Attorney (JDA)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 97 appropriates $272,583 from the General Fund to the Third Judicial District Attor-
ney for salary and benefits to add four staff members: Deputy District Attorney; Senior Trial At-
torney; Administrative Secretary; and Prosecution Specialist.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $272,583 contained in this bill is a recurring expense to the General Fund.
Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of FY 2007 shall revert to the
General Fund.
The LFC recommended $3,129,800 total in General Fund for the Third Judicial District for ex-
penditure in FY 2007. The agency did not request an expansion in its FY 2007 request.
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SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
AOC
The 2005 Legislature passed and the Governor signed a $200,000 appropriation to the New Mex-
ico Sentencing Commission for a workload measurement study of the Public Defender Depart-
ment, Offices of the District Attorney, and state courts. An RFP was issued for the study and the
respondents indicated that an additional $152,000 would be needed to complete such a study.
Senate Bill 34 requests this additional funding. It is anticipated that this study will be completed
in FY 2007.
RELATIONSHIP
Senate Bill 34 requests the $152,000 for the completion of the workload measurement study.
ALTERNATIVES
There is general agreement that there are unmet resource needs in the PDD, Offices of the Dis-
trict Attorneys, and the state courts. Statewide equity should be addressed after the completion of
this study.
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