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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Smith
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
1/26/06
HB
SHORT TITLE Dept. of Agriculture Programs & Services
SB 153
ANALYST Earp
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$1,400.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
Duplicates House Bill 133
Relates to Appropriation in the General Appropriation Act
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Higher Education Department (HED)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 153 appropriates $1,400,000 from the general fund to the Board of Regents of New
Mexico State University for the expansion of programs and services at the New Mexico Depart-
ment of Agriculture.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $1,400,000 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.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
New Mexico State University submitted a $2.6 million agricultural initiative as priority #4 of 9
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research and public service expansion requests to the Higher Education Department (HED).
However, HED has not included this proposal among its fiscal year 2007 funding recommenda-
tions.
ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
NMDA would administer the funding proposed in this legislation. No significant additional im-
pact is evident.
CONFLICT, DUPLICATION, COMPANIONSHIP, RELATIONSHIP
House Bill 133 and Senate Bill 153 are duplicate measures.
This bill relates to the recurring operational funding provided annually for NMDA in the General
Appropriation Act. The fiscal year 2006 appropriation for NMDA was approximately $8.7 mil-
lion.
OTHER SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES
According to information provided by HED, NMDA is seeking funding to address unmet opera-
tional needs in several areas, including the following:
Wildlife Services Monitoring ($100.0). Additional funding is requested to support the coop-
erative program providing services for predator and rodent pest control.
Two Laboratory Professionals ($239.4). Funding is requested for the Veterinary Diagnostic
Services laboratory to maintain accreditation and keep up with increasing case load.
Inflationary Costs ($100.0). Funding is requested to cover inflationary increases in fuel and
travel costs.
Information Technologist Specialist ($95.0). Funding is requested to provide development of
new applications and technology to allow for electronic submission processes for inspection,
licensing, and permitting activities.
Renewable Energy Resources ($50.0). Funding is requested to provide leadership in renew-
able energy by conducting bio-diesel demonstrations and feasibility studies.
Marketing Specialist ($95.0). Funding is requested to provide assistance with the develop-
ment of domestic, national, and international markets and address commodity groups and
food service concerns.
International Institute for Collaborative Solutions ($41.0). Funding is requested to develop
facilitation and training programs for natural resource issues, rural economic development
activities, and international trade opportunities.
Five Regulatory Specialists ($412.6). Funding is requested for five regulatory specialists:
o
dairy inspection and sampling
o
petroleum inspection
o
consumer services inspection including scale, package, price verification, and egg
inspections
o
Feed, seed, and fertilizer inspections
o
Pest and plant inspection, survey, and mitigation programs
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