New Mexico Legislative Year in Review: judicial salary increases vetoed, Supreme Court later overturned in part

On ballot

SJR 16 (Constitutional Amendment) Repeals provision that “The date for filing a declaration of candidacy for retention of office shall be the same as that for filing a declaration of candidacy in a primary election.” Approved by voters on November 2014 ballot.

Vetoed

SB 84 Repeals July 2, 2014 sunset date for magistrate courts operations fund and extends $4 fee in certain cases for the fund until 2019.

SB 313 Authorizes total of 8% increases in judicial salaries. Line item vetoed. NM Supreme Court found 5% raise was not line item vetoed but 3% raise was vetoed in an opinion here (“the Governor did not veto any of the appropriation language or dollar amounts set forth in Section 4(B) which included the funds for a 5% raise”.)

Law

HB 33 Modifies Judicial Retirement Program. Suspends the COLA for FY15 and FY16. Requires all judges and their employers to make contributions. Raises age and service requirements for judges who became members.

HB 216 Modifies Magistrate Judges Retirement Program. Suspends the COLA for FY15 and FY16. Requires all judges and their employers to make contributions. Raises age and service requirements for judges who became members.

SB 38 Provides annual excess balance of funds in metropolitan court bond guarantee fund to be transferred to administrative office of the courts (currently all such funds go to traffic safety bureau of the department of transportation).

SB 160 Modifies Magistrate Judges Retirement Program. Suspends the COLA for FY15 and FY16. Requires all judges and their employers to make contributions. Raises age and service requirements for judges who became members.

Adopted

SJM 26 Requests Administrative Office of the Courts examine study equity in awarding child support and how child support payments are calculated.