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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Lopez
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
1/26/06
HB
SHORT TITLE Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs
SB 160
ANALYST Lewis
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
2,000.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
Relates to HB 193 (Teen Pregnancy Prevention & Parent Programs), which appropriates
$1,000,000 for the same purpose.
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Public Education Department (PED)
Department of Health (DOH)
SUMMARY
FOR THE WELFARE REFORM OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 160 appropriates $2,000,000 from the general fund to the Public Education Depart-
ment to fund teen pregnancy programs providing pregnancy prevention, parenting, family
strengthening programming and career development for teen mothers and the fathers of their
children.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $2,000,000 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
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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
DOH notes that 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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