roundhouse2014The 2015 legislative session started on Tuesday, January 20th.  As a 60-day session, a wide variety of legislation can be introduced.  NMAA has the following budget and legislative priorities:

BUDGET PRIORITIES

Retain existing funding levels for the Acequia and Community Ditch Fund (ACDF) at the NM Department of Agriculture.  The ACDF supports acequias with legal defense in water right adjudications.

Retain existing funding levels for the Acequia and Community Ditch Education Program at the Local Government Division of DFA.  This program supports acequia outreach and education on topics such as water rights, acequia governance, bylaws, budget/audit compliance, Open Meetings Act compliance, among many others.

Retain existing funding levels for the Acequia Program at the Interstate Stream Commission in the amount of $1.9 million.

Protect the long-term solvency of the Irrigation Works Construction Fund by transitioning funding for the Office of the State Engineer and Interstate Stream Commission toward the General Fund and away from use of the IWCF.

LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

Water Leasing.  NMAA is supporting legislation proposed by one of our member associations, the Upper Hondo Water Users Association, in amending the water leasing statute to clarify that an applicant for a water lease would only be granted a permit to use water after statutory procedures for the filing of protests, including the administrative hearing process and opportunity for appeal, are followed.

Agricultural Land Valuation.  NMAA is supporting legislation backed by our member associations, including the Taos Valley Acequia Association, to ensure that in the special method of valuation for agricultural land include consideration of drought when determining eligibility for taxation as agricultural land.

NMAA BILL TRACKER – UPDATED FEBRUARY 15, 2015

(Key to Abbreviations)

 

PRIORITY BILLS

Bill Number Sponsor

Title and Description Status
HB 112 (Gonzales)

Definition of Agricultural Land for Property Tax

 

 

HPREF [3] HAWC/HWMC-HAWC [7] DP/a-HWMC

Do Pass in House Agriculture Committee with amendments removing language on recreational horses and small acreages and adding language on the definition of drought.

Next hearing is in House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday, February 17th, 1:30pm.  Room 317.

 

SB 112 (Cisneros) Definition of Agricultural Land for Property Tax

SPREF [3] SCONC/SCORC-SCONC

Hearing was held on Thursday, February 13th but no vote taken yet pending additional work on language of the bill defining drought.  Next hearing may be Tuesday, February 17th, 1:30pm.  Room 311.

 

SB 493 (Wirth/Nunez) Effective Dates of Water Leases

[5] SCONC/SJC-SCONC

Not yet scheduled in SCONC.

 

HB 2 (Larranaga) Budget Bill

HB2 contained LFC recommendations that reflect NMAA budget priorities including Acequia and Community Ditch Fund, Acequia and Communtiy Ditch Education Program, and funding for ISC Acequia Program.  HB2 is in HAFC.


 

 

NMAA ENDORSED BILLS

HB 331 (Romero) ABQ Bernalillo County Water Authority Election

[7] HAWC/HGEIC/HJC-HAWC

Scheduled for House Agrcitulture Committee on Monday, February 16, 8:00am.  Room 315. 

     
     
     
     

NMAA TRACKED BILLS

HB 38 (Wirth/Bandy) Forest and Watershed Restoration Act

HPREF [3] HAWC/HEENC/HAFC-HAWC [5] DP-HEENC

Scheduled for House Energy, Environment, and Natural Resource Committee, Monday, February 16, 8:30am, Room 309.

HB 265 (Bandy) Water Right Review, Hearings, and Courth Venue [4] HAWC/HJC-HAWC

SB 276 (Pyrtle)

State Engineer Hearing Locations

[3] SCONC/SJC-SCONC [5] DP-SJC

Scheduled for Senate Judiciary on Monday, February 16, 1:30pm, Room 321.

SB 330 (Wirth) Agricultural Use of Land for Taxes [3] SCONC/SCORC-SCONC