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2020 Legislative Session Overview - Linda Siegle

The 54th Legislature wrapped up at noon on February 20th after many long floor sessions into the wee hours of the morning. The results include a $7.6 billion budget (HB2) about a 7.2% increase over our current fiscal year’s budget. A budget is, after all, the main purpose of the even numbered year legislative sessions. Although the constitution limits the session to the budget, the governor may add issues to the agenda by sending “messages” to the House and Senate authorizing consideration of statutory legislation. Such legislation this year included:

  • legalization of cannabis (failed)
  • crime prevention package (passed)
  • extreme risk firearm protection order act (passed)
  • opportunity college scholarship act ($17 million passed in HB2 but no statutory language about how to distribute)
  • allowing importation of certain pharmaceuticals from Canada if approved by the FDA (passed)
  • early childhood trust fund (passed with $320 million to start)

The budget includes an average of 4% salary increases for state, public school and higher education employees. General fund reserves will be at the highest ever in the history of New Mexico at 25% or $1.9 billion. The legislature also approved $528 million in capital outlay for projects all over the state. Eighty-eight bills passed this legislative session. The governor has 20 days to sign or veto them if she received them in the last three days of the session. If she hasn’t signed or vetoed a bill by March 11th, it is “pocket vetoed” which means they are dead. For more information, see our lobbyist's reports.

Legislative Issues & Concerns
APRN Compact

The APRN Compact proposed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) presents significant issues for NPs and other APRNs in New Mexico. The NMNPC Board of Directors worked with our lobbyist, Linda Siegle, to analyze the Compact and present the key problems identified. Click below to read the final proposed Compact and the NMNPC analysis.

American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Go to the AANP Advocacy Center for more information & to take action on the following current issues.

  • S296 & HR2150: Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2019
  • S237 & HR808: Promoting Access to Diabetic Shoes Act


Newsletter 2020 Q1

Click below to read the latest issue.

Kitchen Angels Grateful for Donation from NMNPC


Click below to see their letter of appreciation.



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