HB 255: Alcohol Deliveries – This bill has been signed by the Governor. The following link is to the NMRA Analysis of HB 255 – Disclaimer: The following is our first reading of the liquor bill. The Alcohol Beverage Division will be promulgating rules for this new law that may not follow this analysis. Please DO NOT make business decisions using this analysis. We are paraphrasing what the law actually says and only looking for the major changes. Read NMRA HB 255 Analysis Read Copy of Final Bill
SB 1: Restaurant Gross Receipts Tax Deduction – Gives $600 to anyone who has received the Working Families Tax Credit and GRT collected from March 1 through June 30, 2021, will be refunded to the restaurant but not quick-service restaurants. This bill has been signed by the Governor.
NMRA will release more information about the following bills as the state issues guidance.
SB 2: Waive Liquor License Fees – Waives Liquor License Fees for one year. This bill has been signed by the Governor.
SB 3: Small Business Recovery – Makes changes to the state loan fund to make loans readily available. For instance, it extends the repayment period from 3 years to 30 years. This bill has been signed by the Governor.
HB 11: GRT and Permanent Fund for LEDA – Business recovery grant program for rent and lease payments. Grants are limited to $100,000, which is paid quarterly. The number of full-time employees determines the amount added to quarterly payroll times $5,000. This bill has been signed by the Governor.
HB 267: Tourism Department Programs and Services – House Bill 267 will help our industry recover and advance as inside dining capacity increases. The 30 Million dollars in career advancement and on-the-job training reimbursement, 7 Million to support business improvement districts, and 8 Million for event revitalization. This bill has tabled in House Appropriations and Finance Committee.
HB 148: Unemployment Contribution Rate – This bill provides a three hundred million dollar ($300,000,000) appropriation to the Unemployment Compensation Fund from the General Fund to the Workforce Solutions Department for Fiscal Year 2021. Provides a temporary addition (increase) to the contribution rate of contributing employers and a temporary increase to the base wage for which employer contributions. This bill was tabled in the House Appropriations and Finance Committee. There is money coming from the Federal Recovery Act to shore up the UI fund so this rate change is unnecessary.
HB 20: Healthy Workplace Act – Sick Leave – this bill was married with HB 37 and passed the House Labor Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. This bill was signed by the Governor and is now in the rule making phase, law will go into action on 7/1/22.
HB 110: Phased Minimum Wage – $15 min wage also removes the tipped wage. The bill is in House Commerce and Economic Development Committee.This bill was not passed.
HB 38: Paid Family & Medical Leave Act – Creates a trust fund that employees can access to take paid family and medical leave. Employers pay four-tenths of a percent; employees pay one-half percent into the fund. This bill was not passed.
HB 268: Coronavirus and Workers Comp – Creates a presumption that coronavirus disease 2019 is an injury by accident arising out of and in the course of employment for essential employees. This bill was not passed.