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Posted February 17, 2010

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Legislative Affairs Update: February 17, 2010

There is a day and half left in the current session of the New Mexico Legislature. In the time remaining, the House and Senate must come to some agreement on the budget. The House has not taken action on the Senate budget that would cut APS by $35 million. We believe there will be a compromise and a budget passed before the end of the session. The legislators are working hard behind the scenes, and we are providing information about the affect of cuts to education. It appears that the biggest issue is how much revenue to raise and what taxes to use to raise it. Below is the action of some bills from Tuesday:


Creates a Dyslexia Definition in Special Education - Passed 38-0 in the Senate and is on its way to the Governor. 


Establishes a uniform schedule of three dates during a school year for the reporting of membership in public schools, including locally- and state-chartered charter schools as follows: first report, the second Wednesday in October; second report, the second Wednesday in December, and third report, the second Wednesday in February. This passed the Senate 37-0 and is on its way to the Governor.


Suspends upon commencement of employment the pensions of PERA retirees (other than elected officials, chiefs of police or undersheriffs) who return to work. Pensions resume at the suspended rate upon termination of re-employment. Passed 35-6 in the Senate and still has to go to the House for approval. This will be difficult. 


Provides that one of the four mathematic units required for high school graduation may be a financial literacy course that meets state standards. Passed the Senate 35-0 and is on its way to the Governor. 


Changes the deadline for adopting and publishing the annual accountability report by public school districts from November 15 to March 15 of each year. The report shall be titled “The School District Report Card” and must be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the county where the school district is located. This passed the Senate 68-0 and is on its way to the Governor.

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