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Governor Signs Legislation To Help Underserved Communities Attract Air Service

on March 4, 2016 - 6:43am
ROSWELL — Gov. Martinez signed legislation Wednesday allowing local communities to use lodger’s tax revenue to bring passenger air service to their areas, particularly those that are underserved.
Martinez’s announcement comes as American Airlines begins regular passenger service from Roswell’s International Air Center (ROW) to Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), which is a major hub for U.S. carriers.
House Bill 192, sponsored by Reps. Bob Wooley and Candy Spence Ezzell (both R-Roswell), allows communities to use income from lodger’s tax to meet minimum revenue guarantees for securing passenger air service to and from the county or municipality. Lodger’s tax is levied by counties and municipalities for occupancy of motel and hotel rooms and other lodgings in their jurisdictions. This tax is often used by communities to promote tourism and economic development, or provide various other local services.
Roswell and other communities in New Mexico are seeking to grow and expand air service to and from more western hubs like Phoenix, Denver, and others. This legislation will help more communities, such as Hobbs, Santa Fe, Farmington, and others pursue this goal. The New Mexico Department of Transportation also notes this will help make these and other communities less dependent on federal programs and third parties.
Martinez also acted on the following legislation:
Senate Bill 144 — Rename Breakfast After the Bell Program [MESSAGE]
House Bill 296 — Convictions in Certain Courts as Adults [MESSAGE]
Senate Bill 257 — Convictions in Certain Courts as Adults [MESSAGE]
House Bill 138 — Voting for Some 17-Year-Olds [MESSAGE]
Senate Bill 102 — Wastewater System Financing [MESSAGE]
House Bill 160 — Wastewater System Financing [MESSAGE]