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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Papen
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2/01/06
HB
SHORT TITLE Promote Wild Horse Tourism
SB 296
ANALYST Earnest
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$30.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Tourism Department (TD)
Department of Game and Fish (DGF)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 296 appropriates $30 thousand to the Tourism Department to promote wild-horse
tourism.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $30 thousand contained in this bill is a recurring expense to the general
fund. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of FY07 shall revert to the
general fund.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
The Tourism Department indicates that the national wild horse territories in New Mexico are not
well advertised. A large national equestrian tourism market could be reached by better promo-
tion of endangered Spanish-line wild horses located primarily in New Mexico. NMTD supports
legislation that promotes additional tourism and educates visitors about the state.
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OTHER SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES
According to the Department of Game and Fish, depending on the location of the wild horse
herds and the time of year, care should be taken that the tourism activity is not contrary to man-
agement of native wildlife species found in the area. For example, an activity that occurs in late-
spring or early-summer may cause stress to calving or fawning ungulate species. The Depart-
ment of Game and Fish can provide input to Tourism as activities are planned.
WHAT WILL BE THE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT ENACTING THIS BILL
Wild horse tourism might not be promoted by the Tourism Department. However, this does not
interfere with the possibility of wild horse tourism being promoted by local governments or pri-
vate enterprises.
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