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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Griego
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2-9-2006
HB
SHORT TITLE Los Luceros Hacienda Maintenance
SB 520
ANALYST Dearing
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$300.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 520 appropriates $300,000 from the general fund to the Northern New Mexico State
School Board of Regents in fiscal year 2007 for the purpose of providing maintenance to the Los
Luceros campus in Rio Arriba County.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $300,000 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.
New Mexico Higher Education Department considers the $300,000 general fund appropriation to
be a recurring expense since it involves the operation of a new campus site at NNMC.
NNMC did not include this request as part of its RPSP priority list submitted to the New Mexico
Higher Education Department (NMHED). Accordingly, the request was not included in the De-
partmentís FY07 funding recommendation.
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SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
Although the name Northern New Mexico College can be utilized out of convenience, Section
21-4-2, NMSA 1978 states that in financial transactions, Northern New Mexico State School
must be used. It is unknown as to which version is correct when used in conjunction with a
funding appropriation request. During the 2005 legislative session, Governor Richardson signed
into law Senate Bill 594, which thereby changed the name from Northern New Mexico State
School to Northern New Mexico College for common convenience. In general, Senate Bill 594
signifies the authority of the school to initiate a transitional movement from a two-year institu-
tion to one which provides four-year degrees in various areas including a baccalaureate degree
program in teacher education.
New Mexico Higher Education Department spoke with the NNMC President, who stated the col-
lege would use the $300,000 recurring appropriation for Research and Special Service Project
(RPSP) to support the operation of its Los Luceros campus, which is intended to begin offering
bachelor degrees in Environmental Science with concentrations in Agricultural Sciences, For-
estry Science, and Environmental Management.
Additionally, Bachelors degrees in New Mexico History, Pueblo Studies, and Spanish Literature
will be offered on the NNMC Los Luceros campus. The funding request will support a campus
director, faculty, instructional support and maintenance of the property.
NNMC did not include this request as part of its RPSP priority list submitted to the New Mexico
Higher Education Department (NMHED). Accordingly, the request was not included in the De-
partmentís FY07 funding recommendation.
ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
Northern New Mexico College intends to hire a Campus Director, part-time faculty, and one
grounds staff person. In addition, supplies and equipment will be purchased to implement the
aforementioned programs.
WHAT WILL BE THE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT ENACTING THIS BILL
Without enactment of this legislation, NNMC must find other sources of funding for operation of
its Los Luceros campus.
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