News Brief February 02,2024

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ICYMI: NMC Legislative Conference Opening Session

Hear about the Inmate Growth Naturally and Intentionally Through Education or IGNITE program.

ICYMI: NMC Legislative Conference Breakfast Session


ICYMI: NMC Legislative Conference Closing Awards Session

Apply today for the 2024 NACo Achievement Awards and celebrate your county's successes.

  • Earn national recognition: In addition to earning local media coverage, Achievement Award winners are often featured in NACo's County News, congressional testimony and NACo publications.
  • Questions? For more information, please review the Achievement Awards online guide or email with any questions.

Legislative Session Updates

NMC Tracking Report Link

Click on the tracking report link above for updated status of bills and Executive Committee actions or visit our legislative page at

NMC Board Priorities/Support

HB2 General Appropriation Act of 2024

• RISE Funding

• Courthouse Funding

• Detention Recruitment & Retention

• State Health Benefits Plan

HB88 Appropriation: Firefighter Recruitment

SB21 Firefighter Recruitment Program and Funds

SB151 Insurance Premium Tax Distribution to EMS Fund

SB177 Increase Salary of Elected County Officials


HB72 Cybersecurity Fund for State, Local and Tribal Governments (EC)

HB108 Local Solar Access Fund (EC)

HB149/SB35 Medication-Assisted Substance Abuse Treatment for Minors (EC)

HB177 New Mexico Match Fund (EC)

HB217 Liquor Excise Tax & Motor Vehicle Excise Tax Distribution Changes (EC)

SB129 Cybersecurity Act Changes (EC)


HJR4 CA: Declaration of Environmental Rights of the People in Perpetuity (EC)

SJR8 CA: People’s Environmental Rights in Perpetuity (EC)


The new FirstDown Plus loan program has already provided additional down payment assistance to 129 households across the state. FirstDown Plus is a third mortgage down payment assistance loan designed to provide $15,000 in additional down payment funds to first-time homebuyers qualified to use MFA’s FirstHome program. There has already been a high demand for this program, which will only be offered while funding is available. If you are interested in this program, please begin the process by going to the MFA Find a Lender page and contacting a lender in your area.

Link to NMC 2024 Annual Meetings Calendar

Link to Loss Prevention Trainings Calendar & RSVP

Sat Feb 3 NMC Board of Directors meeting 8:30am Santa Fe

Mon Feb 12-16 NMC LP Instructor Course: Interactions with Persons w/Mental Health Register by Feb. 5 HERE

Thu Feb 8 Executive Committee meeting 11am virtual

Sat Feb 10-13 NACo Legislative Conference DC

Thu Feb 15 Legislative Session Ends Noon

Mar NM EDGE classes 3/5, 3/6, 3/7, 3/12, 3/13, 3/14, 3/19, 3/20, 3/21, 3/26, 3/27, 3/28, Live Online

Mon Mar 11-15 40 hr CIT training ABQ/PSPG

Mon Mar 11-15 Instructor: Interactions Re: Mental Issues SF/PSPG

Wed Mar 13 NMCIA Board meeting NMC Santa Fe office

Tue Mar 19 NMCRe Captive Board meeting 1pm via Zoom

Wed Mar 20 Legislative Regional meeting 10am Sandoval County TBD

Thur Mar 21 Legislative Regional meeting 10am San Miguel County TBD

Mon Mar 25-29 1st Line Supervisor 40 hr training Silver City SWTC

Wed Mar 27 Legislative Regional meeting 10am Sierra County TBD

Thur Mar 28 Legislative Regional meeting 10am Chaves County TBD

Wed Apr 3 NMC Executive Committee Budget meeting 10am NMC Santa Fe office

Mon Apr 15-19 Instructor Development: Train the Trainer – ABQ / SWTC

BCSO Traffic Substation

Wed Apr 24 Advisory Council meeting re: annual conference agendas, 11am in person San Miguel County