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Sen Elizabeth "Liz" Stefanics

Actions: [1] SCC/SHPAC/SFC-SCC [2]germane-SHPAC- DP-SFC

Scheduled: Not Scheduled

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 Senate Bill 49 (SB 49) appropriates twenty-five million dollars ($25,000,000) to the Health Care Authority Department.

Legislation Overview:
 Senate Bill 49 (SB 49) appropriates twenty-five million dollars ($25,000,000) from the General Fund (GF) to Health Care Authority Department (HCAD) for expenditure in Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 and subsequent FYs to fund state food banks. 

Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of a FY will not revert to the GF.

Current Law:
 The legislature created the Health Care Authority Department (HCAD) with the passage of SB 16 in 2023 and the governor signed it into law.
Effective July 1, 2024, the New Mexico Health Care Authority (HCA) will officially take on the role of a new executive department, integrating the Human Services Department (HSD), the Employee Benefits Bureau from the General Services Department, and the Division of Health Improvement and Developmental Disabilities Supports Division from the Department of Health.
The New Mexico Association of Food Banks (the Association) is a collaboration of five New Mexico food banks that effectively provides critical food assistance and distribution as well as education and advocacy throughout the state. These food banks in Albuquerque, Clovis, Farmington, Gallup, Las Cruces and Santa Fe distributed over 48,000,000 (forty-eight million) pounds of food in 2022 and provide 3.3 million healthy meals monthly.