AIA New Mexico is actively involved in advocacy at the state level, not only at the legislature, but also at the administrative level of state government. AIA NM contracts with a part-time lobbyist, J. D. Bullington, to assist in representing the interest of our members and the entire architectural community in New Mexico.
The Government Affairs Committee of AIA New Mexico has the responsibility to determine whether to support, oppose or remain neutral on specific issues coming before the New Mexico legislature which relate to the practice of architecture and/or the construction industries. The Committee reports its decisions to the full Board of Directors of AIA NM on a weekly basis during the legislative sessions, in accordance with the Government Affairs Policy adopted by the Board. The Executive Director of AIA New Mexico serves as the point of central communications during the fast-paced legislative sessions.
AIA New Mexico seeks to work collaboratively in its advocacy efforts with other organizations in the construction industries to maximize our voices in shaping policies and legislation related to the built environment.
2016 New Mexico Legislative Actions
At the start of each legislative session, AIA NM distributes a copy of its Legislative Agenda to all the New Mexico legislators. It summarizes who we are, our policy positions and our beliefs. To read AIA New Mexico’s 2016 Legislative Agenda, click here.
Among this year’s bills, AIA New Mexico specifically supports the following:
HB 307 (Sponsors: Rep. Cook, Sen. Cisneros) – Capital Outlay Reform Act. AIA New Mexico supports this comprehensive reform of the current capital outlay process. It is modeled after the successful public school capital outlay system, including the development of a comprehensive state-wide plan of infrastructure needs and a transparent process for ensuring that highest-priority projects are fully funded.
HB 166 (Sponsor: Rep. Baldonado) – Home Inspector Licensing Act. This bill would require regulation and supervision of the business of home inspection and evaluation by a newly created New Mexico Home Inspectors Board. The Board would establish standards for training, experience and continuing education, publish a Code of Ethics and Standards for licensees, among other duties of a licensing board.
HM 51 (Sponsor: Rep. Steinborn) – Feasibility Study for the Use of Solar Power on State Facilities. This memorial requests the General Services Department, the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department and Solar Energy Proponents to evaluate the potential energy and cost savings, feasibility and financial options for expanding the use of solar power on state facilities.
HB 173 (Sponsor: Rep. Egolf) – Web-based Capital Outlay Publication. This “sunshine” bill requires the publication of capital projects approved in each legislative session, indicating which legislators, or if applicable the governor, allotted a portion of their capital outlay allocation to the project and how much was allocated. AIA New Mexico supports transparency for a currently flawed and non-transparent capital outlay process.
HB 276 (Sponsor: Rep. Youngblood) – Qualified Business Facility Construction and Rehabilitation Tax Credits. This bill expands, restructures and renames the existing personal and corporate income tax qualified business facility rehabilitation tax credits.
SB 13 (Sponsors: Sen. Stewart, Rep. Maestas Barnes) – Solar Market Development Tax Credit Incremental Reductions. This bill increases the allowable maximum annual aggregate of the solar market development tax credit from $3 million to $5 million, extends the life of the tax credit until January 1, 2025 and incrementally reduces the amount of the credit from 10% down to 5% from 2016 until Jan. 1, 2025. For solar thermal system or photovoltaic system in a residence, business or agricultural enterprise installed before Jan. 1, 2019, a solar market development tax credit up to 10% is authorized for purchase and installation costs. From Jan. 1, 2019 to Jan. 1, 2025 the credits is incrementally decreased by 1% per year.
SB 199 (Sponsor: Sen. C. Sanchez) - Expansion of Preservation of Cultural Property Income Tax Credits. This bill boosts the potential preservation of cultural properties income tax credit (both individual and corporate) amounts for qualifying projects for taxable years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2016. Taxpayers may apply for such credits for as many as ten consecutive years.
Look for updates on the session in upcoming AIA New Mexico E-Bulletins.
2015 Advocacy Report
Change in administration of the State Use Act – The New Mexico Council for Purchasing from Persons with Disabilities and its agent Horizons will no longer circumvent Qualification Based Selection (QBS) for architectural and other licensed professional services. This is a result of a three year effort by AIA New Mexico lead by Vic Johnson and Joe Brawley with others to assure that this change was made for the benefit of New Mexico architects.
QBS Legislation in 2015 – AIA New Mexico-backed legislation to require QBS in contracting by Home Rule Entities was again introduced in the 2015 legislative session. Though facing strong opposition and defeated in committee, it helped to highlight the importance of QBS and the determination of architects to keep this issues front and center with legislators.
State Public Works Bill – When the 2015 Public Works Bill failed to pass in the regular legislative session, AIA New Mexico responded with a request for members to write the governor with a copy to Rep. Don Tripp, Speaker of the House. Andre Larroque, AIA New Mexico 2015 President-Elect, wrote an Op-Ed in the Albuquerque Journal and architects across the state joined to pressure the legislature to come to the eventual agreement.
Energy Efficiency Tax Deduction – At the federal level, Congress, as part of the comprehensive budget bill, approved a two-year extension of the 179D tax deduction which provides up to $1.80 per sq.ft. for the design of energy efficient buildings. AIA President Russell Davison, FAIA, stated: “Our 87,000 members strongly support this deduction as one way to encourage the design and construction of buildings that are energy efficient – and save tax payer dollars in the process. We’d like to see it made permanent.” AIA New Mexico’s advocacy team visited with our members of Congress in their home districts and/or in DC this year to successfully advocate for 179D.
Current and Adopted Codes in NM – As a service to its members, AIA New Mexico published the complete and up-to-date code information and the contact information for the five Bureau Chiefs at CID. You may find this information here.