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Legislative Update: Budget Negotiations Being Held

19 Feb 2014 1:16 PM | Ron Hale (Administrator)


House Bill 80, the health council funding bill sponsored by Rep. Tripp, was passed by the House Committee on Health, Government, and Indian Affairs.  The bill was then incorporated into House Bill 2, the budget bill, which did not pass, after receiving a tie vote on the House floor.  House and Senate negotiations are under way to complete a revised budget bill.


The amount of the recommended appropriation for health councils in House Bill 2 is $100,000--significantly less than the $900,000 that was requested.

Another bill to support funding for the health councils is Senate Bill 68, sponsored by Sen. Ortiz y Pino, which requests an appropriation of $975,000:  $900,000 to support the health councils (to include assessment and coordination around early childhood needs and services in their work) and $75,000 to create a web portal for early childhood services. 


Senate Bill 68 was passed by the Senate Public Affairs Committee, and it now goes to the Senate Finance Committee, where it will compete with other bills for allocations of funding as they consider amendments to the house budget in HB2.  Senator Ortiz y Pino plans to convert SB80 into an amendment to the House Budget (HB2), and he plans to ask for an increase in the $100,000 house appropriation for the health councils.  This will likely happen in the Senate Finance Committee.


Constituents may call Senators on the Senate Finance to express their support for health council funding (in SB68), as they consider amendments to HB2.  People may also contact Senator Ortiz 7y Pino’s office, to let them know that you support the full appropriation of $975,000 for the health councils in SB68.  Use the link below for legislators’ contact information, or go to the New Mexico Legislature website:.





Senator    John Arthur Smith, Chair 

(D - Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Luna, Sierra)

Senator    Carlos R. Cisneros, Vice Chair 

(D - Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, Taos)

Senator    William F. Burt

(R - Chaves, Lincoln, Otero)

Senator    Pete Campos 

(D - Colfax, Guadalupe, Harding, Mora, Quay, San Miguel, Taos)

Senator    Carroll H. Leavell

(R - Eddy, Lea)

Senator    Howie C. Morales

(D - Catron, Grant, Socorro)

Senator    George K. Munoz

(D - Cibola, McKinley, San Juan)  

Senator    Steven P. Neville

(R - San Juan)

Senator    Nancy Rodriguez

(D - Santa Fe)

Senator    Sue Wilson Beffort

(R - Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Torrance)


Ron Hale, Coordinator

New Mexico Alliance of Health Councils

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