House Bill 264 (HB 264) exempts counties from requirements applicable to local public bodies for the sale or other disposal of public property and maintains the ability of counties to receive donations of public property from state agencies and other governmental agencies.
House Bill 264 (HB 264) amends Section 13-6-1 and 13-6-2 NMSA 1978 by allowing a governing authority of a state agency, local public body, school district and state educational institution to dispose of tangible personal property or public property by sale or donation to a county. Currently, such sales or donations are only allowed to a state agency, local public body, school district or state educational institution or municipalities. The bill clarifies that no tangible personal property can be donated to an employee of a county, although the employee may participate in bidding for the property at an auction.
Second, HB 264 amends Section 13-6-4 NMSA 1978 by amending the definition of “local public body” to exclude counties. Currently, the definition of “local public body” means all political subdivisions, except municipalities and school districts of the state and their agencies, instrumentalities and institutions. This change exempts counties from requirements applicable to local public bodies for the sale or donation of public property.