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Sen Roberto "Bobby" Gonzales

Actions: [2] SCC/STBTC/SFC-SCC-germane-STBTC [7] DP-SFC

Scheduled: Not Scheduled

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 Senate Bill 144 (SB 144):  This legislation is related to alcohol, specifically focusing on increasing the amount of the local DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) grant fund that may be used for the administration of the local DWI grant program in the state of New Mexico. 
Legislation Overview:
 Senate Bill 144 (SB 144):  Section 1 - Local DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) Grant Program:
•	The division is directed to establish a local DWI grant program to provide grants to municipalities or counties for various purposes related to preventing or reducing DWI, alcoholism, alcohol abuse, drug addiction, and drug abuse.
•	Grants are awarded based on advice and recommendations from the council.

Local DWI Grant Fund:
•	A fund called the "local DWI grant fund" is created in the state treasury and administered by the division.
•	Funding for the fund comes from liquor excise tax revenues.
•	The fund is intended for making grants to municipalities and counties, evaluating DWI grantees and the local DWI grant program, and may also be used for drug courts.

Allocation of Funds:
•	Specific amounts of liquor excise tax revenues are allocated for different purposes, including alcohol detoxification and treatment facilities, an interlock device fund, and DWI program distributions to counties.

Section 2:  Distribution to Counties:
•	Counties are eligible for DWI program distributions based on a formula that considers factors such as retail trade gross receipts and the number of alcohol-related injury crashes in the county.
•	The distribution is contingent on the county's submission of a request for approved DWI programs, services, or activities.

The effective date of the provisions outlined in this act is specified as July 1, 2024.