SENATE BILL 500

45th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2001

                                                                                                                                                                      INTRODUCED BY

                                                                                                                                                                            Mark Boitano

                                                                                                                                                                                 AN ACT

MAKING AN APPROPRIATION TO PRODUCE AND DISTRIBUTE STATEWIDE A BOOKLET PROVIDING INFORMATION TO HELP PREVENT DIVORCE.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:

Section 1. APPROPRIATION.--One hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) is appropriated from the general fund to the board of regents of New Mexico state university
for the cooperative extension service for expenditure in fiscal year 2002 to produce and distribute a booklet entitled Before You Check Out-Check Your Options that
would offer couples in conflict a range of options available to them prior to marriage dissolution. The available options shall include statewide private, public and
faith-based programs and counseling services. Additionally, the booklet shall offer guidance regarding communication skills, conflict resolution, financial counseling,
substance abuse issues, ending an affair, rebuilding or recommitting to a marriage, domestic violence resources and other topics that could benefit people whose
marriages are in crisis. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of fiscal year 2002 shall revert to the general fund.

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SENATE BILL 784

45th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2001

                                                                                                                                                                  INTRODUCED BY

                                                                                                                                                                        Mark Boitano

                                                                                                                                                                             AN ACT

MAKING AN APPROPRIATION TO CONTRACT FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM TEACHING THE VALUE AND BENEFIT OF MARRIAGE,
CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND OTHER SOCIAL SKILLS.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:

Section 1. APPROPRIATION.--Twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) is appropriated from the general fund to the board of regents of New Mexico state university for
the cooperative extension service for expenditure in fiscal year 2002 to contract for development of a curriculum to be used in all eighty-nine school districts in the
state that will teach the benefits and value of marriage, the skills involved in conflict resolution and communication, the social, financial and health implications of
divorce and the impact of divorce on children. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of fiscal year 2002 shall revert to the general fund.
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SENATE BILL 497

45th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2001

                                                                                                                                                                      INTRODUCED BY

                                                                                                                                                                            Mark Boitano
 

                                                                                                                                                                                 AN ACT

RELATING TO TAXATION; ENACTING AN INCOME TAX CREDIT FOR COMPLETION OF PREMARITAL EDUCATION OR MARRIAGE MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:

Section 1. A new section of the Income Tax Act is enacted to read:

"[NEW MATERIAL] CREDIT--PREMARITAL EDUCATION OR MARRIAGE MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS.--

A. A resident who files an individual New Mexico income tax return and who is not a dependent of another individual may claim a credit in the amount of one hundred
dollars ($100) for completion of a premarital education or marriage maintenance program in the taxable year for which the credit is claimed.

B. The credit provided in this section may only be deducted from the taxpayer's New Mexico income tax liability for the taxable year.

C. A husband and wife who file separate returns for a taxable year in which they could have filed a joint return may each claim only one-half of the credit provided under
this section that would have been allowed on a joint return.

D. The credit provided in this section may be claimed only for a premarital education or marriage maintenance program:

(1) that provides a minimum of six hours of education or counseling in no less than three separate sessions;

(2) is conducted by an official representative of a religious institution or his designee or a person who is licensed or certified pursuant to state law as a marriage and family
therapist, a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a professional clinical mental health counselor, an independent social worker or a certified family life educator; and

(3) for which the taxpayer has received written certification verifying completion in a form determined by the department."

Section 2. APPLICABILITY.--The provisions of this act apply to taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2001.
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SENATE BILL 482

45th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2001

                                                                                                                                                                      INTRODUCED BY

                                                                                                                                                                     Ramsay L. Gorham
 

                                                                                                                                                                                 AN ACT

MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FROM THE TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES BLOCK GRANT FOR PROGRAMS TO ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT
MARRIAGE.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:

Section 1. APPROPRIATIONS.--

A. The following amounts are appropriated from the temporary assistance for needy families block grant to the board of regents of New Mexico state university for the
cooperative extension service for expenditure in fiscal year 2002 for the following purposes:

(1) eight hundred thousand dollars ($800,000) to develop and implement a statewide program to teach marriage skills and marriage maintenance skills, including the
meaning and benefit of marriage, communication skills, conflict resolution skills, the economic and social impacts of divorce and the effects of divorce on children, to
participants in the temporary assistance for needy families program; and

(2) two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) to develop and implement a statewide media campaign to laud the benefits of marriage.

B. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of fiscal year 2002 shall revert to the human services department and shall retain its character as
temporary assistance for needy families block grant funding.