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H 24 STATE ENGINEER WATER PLANNING & MANAGEMENT

Rep Tara L. Lujan

Actions: HPREF [2] HAAWC/HAFC-HAAWC [7] DP/a-HAFC API.

Scheduled: Not Scheduled

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Summary:
 House Bill 24 (HB 24) appropriates twelve million dollars ($12,000,000) to the Office of State Engineer for water planning administration and management.
 
The Water and Natural Resources Committee requested the introduction of HB 24
 
Legislation Overview:
 House Bill (HB ) appropriates twelve million dollars ($12,000,000) from the General Fund (GF) to the Office of State Engineer (OSE) for expenditure in Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 for water planning, administration and management.
Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of FY 2023 reverts to the GF.

The Water and Natural Resources Committee requested the introduction of HB 24
 
Status Quo:
 Under Section 72-2-1 NMSA 1978, the state engineer has general supervision of waters of the state and of the measurement, appropriation, distribution thereof and such other duties as required. 
There are fifteen water basins in the state and none of them have been fully adjudicated. 
Amendments:
 2/11/2022
The House Agriculture, Acequias and Water Resources Committee amended HB 24 (HB 24A HAAWC) by expanding the purposes of the appropriation to include Indian water rights settlements.  It extends the time period for spending the appropriation from Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 to FYs 2023 through 2025. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of FY 2025 reverts to the GF.