Santa Fe, N.M. – Today House Bill 312, amending the Environmental Improvement Act to create the Environmental Health Fund, unanimously passed the House floor. Sponsored by Representative Nathan Small (D-Las Cruces), House Bill 312 consolidates three currently existing funds into one fund, reducing administrative burden and enhancing services, especially in rural areas.
The Environmental Health fund will be comprised of fees currently collected from permitting liquid waste systems, public pools, food establishments, and hemp manufacturers. The new fund will support existing programs and would not be restricted to a single program and instead will allow the Environment Department more flexibility while not increasing fees.
“I am proud to sponsor House Bill 312, which provides greater transparency, reduces administrative burdens, and supports New Mexico Environment Department field staff especially in remote field offices,” said Representative Nathan Small (D-Las Cruces).
House Bill 312 passed the House floor unanimously and now heads to the Senate for consideration.