NM Legislative Session


February 23, 2015




Mary Lou Cameron, Associate Superintendent SS/CR

With Permission of Dr. Dan Lere, Superintendent

To contact legislators in your district, please see the legislative contact list Link

SB 228  Public School Adjunct Instructors  would have created the adjunct  instructors act allowing the certification and  contracting of adjunct instructors, requiring background check and excluding other school personnel act provisions.  The bill failed twicetoday  in the Senate Judiciary Committee.


SB   225 Instructional Material Definitions & Changes sponsored by Senator Mimi Stewart received a Do Not Pass in the Senate Education Committee today. The bill would have broadened the definition of instructional material and eliminate a provision requiring textbooks for each student and allowed for purchase of electronic materials   


HB 76-Teacher Licensure Levels & Advancement is waiting for its first hearing in the Senate Ed Committee and sponsored by Dennis Roch, was amended  while being debated on the House Floor,  to include a Fair Pay for Teachers Amendment to ensure that teachers in the levels one, two and three categories receive increases of  $10,000.  
Then in a surprise move by Rep. Alonzo  Baldonado of Sandoval County,  a substitution to the bill was introduced requiring an objective performance evaluation rating of exemplary or highly effective for two consecutive years  for a Level 1 teacher  to receive $34,000 ,  for a Level 2 teacher to receive  $44,000, and for a Level 3 to receive $54,000.    If not exemplary or highly effective rating at these levels, then the teacher would receive 30,000,  40,000  or 50,000 respectfully.   A Level 3-B (administrative license) administrator would receive a minimum annual salary based on the amounts provided in the teacher levels plus an applicable responsibility factors of exemplary or highly effective.     The bill  passed by a vote of 37-0.  27 members were absent.  No votes were recorded against.    


House Bill 41, Retention of Third Graders, passed the House last week 38-30 and is waiting its journey through Senate Committees.  A number of research studies show that students retained have a higher probability of  dropping  out of school between eighth and twelfth grade.  It is still waiting scheduling in the Senate Education Committee.   Please contact your senators (See attachment:  Legislative Contacts 2015)  with your thoughts on this bill. HB 41 limits grade promotions by providing that a student who is not proficient in reading at the end of kindergarten or first or second grade may be retained and shall be provided with intensive remediation limiting grade promotions by providing that a student who is not proficient in reading at the end of kindergarten or first or second grade may be retained and shall be provided with intensive remediation; providing  that a student who is not proficient in reading at the end of third grade shall be retained and provided with intensive remediation; providing that a student who is academically proficient at the end of grades four through eight shall not be retained but shall be provided with intensive remediation; providing for assessment, intervention and remediation programs to address deficiencies identified between kindergarten and the eighth grade; providing exceptions.


HB 164, an act relating to education, would change the dates for reporting school transportation information to the PED as well as changing the basis for determining transportation distribution allocations.   The allocations would be calculated and distributed for the entire school year using an average of the amounts reported on the second reporting date and third reporting date of the prior school year.  This bill has passed the House and is waiting for a hearing in the Senate Education Committee. 


HB 144, House Education Committee Substitute for House Bill 144.   Rep. Smith-Teacher and School Leader Effectiveness- passed the House Education Committee  under HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL 144 and is on the House Calendar for Action.  The act provides for the use of an assessment component in teacher and principal evaluations.  The student achievement growth component of the teacher effectiveness evaluation shall constitute, for classroom teachers with: (1) no student achievement growth data, no part of the evaluation; (2) one or two years of student achievement growth data, twenty-five percent of the evaluation; and (3) three or more years of student achievement growth data, forty percent of the evaluation. H. For school principals, the student achievement growth component of the effectiveness evaluation shall include student achievement growth data for students enrolled in the public school for no fewer than the three most recent years. For classroom teachers who are assigned to courses not associated with state assessments, a school district may request, through the effectiveness evaluation system approval process, to include achievement growth demonstrated on state assessments as a percentage of the overall effectiveness evaluation. Achievement growth of the state assessment shall be based on the students assigned to the teacher. The achievement growth of the teacher's assigned content area, as measured by the district-selected, department approved assessment, shall be the greater percentage."


HB 117-Hall- No Driving for Certain Students which would prohibit truant students from receiving a drivers’ license . Starting with the 2016-2017 school year, when a student in grade eight through twelve accumulates ten or more unexcused absences and becomes a habitual truant, he could lose privileges until eighteen years of age or the school provides notice that the students is no longer a compulsory truant student.  It is now waiting for a hearing in the House Transportation and Public Works Committee.

B 373- The purpose of the English Language Learners Teacher Preparation Act is to provide for the  establishment, operation, expansion and improvement of training programs for college of education students or educational personnel who are or will be teaching English language learners or bilingual multicultural education.  The Bill has passed out of the House Education Committee and is waiting it next hearing in the House Appropriations Committee.

SB  237Wilson - Local Produce in School Lunches – is still waiting for its first  hearing in the Senate Education Committee.  This bill would expand the provisions of locally grown NM fresh fruits and vegetables for school lunches in school districts supplied by farming training programs for the purposes of economic development. 


SB 126-LEVEL 3-B School Admin Licensure sponsored by Senator Mimi Stewart, has passed the Senate Education Committee and is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Public Affairs Committee on Tuesday.  It would define requirements for a  obtaining a level three B license  and set the minimum annual salary for a level three-B school or assistant principal at $50,000.

Please contact your legislators serving in the House and/or or Senate if you have a position on any of the  bills.   Complete contact information is linked for our representatives in Luna, Grant, and Dona Ana counties.  

(The Legislative Update is provided as a service to employees of DPS with the permission of Dr. Dan Lere, Superintendent.  The author of the 2015 Legislative Update derives her information from various avenues, but relies on the NM Legislative Website as the main source. She takes the reporting of the session and its actions very seriously, as she works to be impartial in reporting of the progress of the bills and actions of the legislators.)




2015 Session Facts:
Dates related to the 2015 sixty day legislative session:
January 16 Last Day Legislation May be Prefiled
January 20
Opening day (noon)
February 19
Deadline for introduction of bills
March 21
Session ends (noon)
April 10
Legislation passed by both Houses and not acted upon by governor is pocket vetoed
June 19
Effective date of legislation not a general appropriation bill carrying an emergency clause or other specified date.

The New Mexico State Legislature convenes in regular sessions on the third Tuesday in January each year. The Legislature meets for 60 days in odd-numbered years and 30 days in even-numbered years.

The Legislature is composed of a 70-member House of Representatives and a 42-member Senate. The members are unpaid for their legislative work, but do receive a daily living allowance for each day of official legislative work. Legislators are elected from districts of approximately equal population. Several counties with small populations may be combined to form a single district.