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NOTICE OF RULEMAKING HEARING The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) has scheduled a public hearing for Friday October 12, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, located at 3190 S. Espina, Las Cruces, NM. The purpose of the proposed public hearing is to receive public input on the repeals of 21.9.2 NMAC Conducting an election of district supervisors and 21.9.3 NMAC Conducting a referendum. Purpose: The NMDA is proposing the repeal of 21.9.2 NMAC Conducting an election of district supervisors and 21.9.3 NMAC Conducting a referendum in order to bring election protocol for soil and water conservation districts (SWCD) into compliance with the requirements of the recently chaptered Local Election Act. The Soil and Water Conservation District Act (SWCDA) grants the soil and water conservation commission (SWCC) the authority to promulgate rules to carry out the provisions of the SWCDA. The commission promulgated 21.9.2 NMAC Conducting an election of district supervisors and 21.9.3 NMAC Conducting a referendum, in order to provide the districts with protocol for pursuing an election or referendum. With the recent passage of the local election act, which standardizes elections throughout the state, the two previously mentioned rules are no longer necessary nor applicable. The NMDA proposes the repeals of the two rules. Rule Summary: 21.9.2 NMAC Conducting an election of district supervisors - provides standard procedures for the election of supervisors in accordance with law. 21.9.3 NMAC Conducting a referendum - provides standards to provide for referenda to be conducted in accordance with law. Legal authority: Granted to the board of regents of New Mexico State University under the Soil and Water Conservation District Act, Sections 73-20-25 NMSA 1978. Interested individuals may provide comments regarding the proposed rulemaking repeals at the rule hearing and/or submit written comments via email at comments@nmda.nmsu.edu. Written comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 12, 2018. The submission of written comments as soon as possible is encouraged. Persons offering written comments at the meeting must have 2 copies for the hearing officer. The full text of the rules are available on the webpage at www.nmda.nmsu.edu and available at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture located at 3190 S. Espina, Las Cruces, NM 88003. If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing or meeting, please contact the Department at (575) 646-3702 at least one week prior to the meeting or as soon as possible. Journal: October 12, 2018 Left-red    Print Legal   Email-red   Published on: Fri October 12, 2018