2017 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 52 - Workers' Compensation
Article 9 - Employers Mutual Company
Section 52-9-2 - Findings and purpose.

Universal Citation: NM Stat § 52-9-2 (2017)

52-9-2. Findings and purpose.

A. The legislature finds that the cost, service and benefits of workers' compensation and occupational disease disablement insurance are of utmost importance to the health, welfare and economic well-being of all the citizens of New Mexico. To help provide competitive workers' compensation insurance coverage, the legislature enacts the Employers Mutual Company Act.

B. The legislature finds that, based on the relative amounts of premiums paid, small and medium-sized employers who are good risks for workers' compensation and occupational disease disablement insurance nevertheless can face serious obstacles in securing insurance at reasonable rates in the private voluntary market. A primary purpose of the Employers Mutual Company Act is to create an insurance entity that will provide, consistent with sound underwriting practices, assistance and competitively priced workers' compensation and occupational disease disablement insurance to those small and medium-sized employers.

C. The legislature finds that employers of all sizes should benefit from the availability of competitively priced insurance from the employers mutual company. A purpose of the Employers Mutual Company Act is to create an insurance entity that will provide assistance and competitively priced workers' compensation and occupational disease disablement insurance to all employers; provided, however, that priority attention is reserved for small and medium-sized employers.

D. The legislature finds that workers' compensation and occupational disease disablement insurance premiums and costs are at a critically high level that threatens the health of New Mexico's economy. A purpose of the Employers Mutual Company Act is to improve and stimulate the state's economy, including critical industries relating to oil and gas production in the state. The legislature further finds that improving the workers' compensation and occupational disease disablement system in New Mexico by creating the employers mutual company will enhance the performance of industries relating to oil and gas production and increase severance tax revenues. For these reasons, the legislature finds investment of the severance tax permanent fund in revenue bonds issued by the employers mutual company is a prudent investment and provides adequate legal consideration for the state.

E. The legislature finds a serious lack of relevant data based on New Mexico experience alone that can be used to assess the impact of workers' compensation and occupational disease disablement laws in the state. A purpose of the Employers Mutual Company Act is to generate data on New Mexico experience alone to assess more accurately the performance of New Mexico's workers' compensation and occupational disease disablement system and the impact of New Mexico's laws.

History: Laws 1990 (2nd S.S.), ch. 2, 122.

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