A. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 10-9-4 NMSA 1978, all employees of the rocky mountain information network who commence employment on or after the effective date of this act are exempt from coverage under the Personnel Act.

B. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 10-9-4 NMSA 1978, any employee of the rocky mountain information network who was employed prior to the effective date of this act may elect to become exempt from coverage under the Personnel Act by filing a written election to do so with the director of the rocky mountain information network and the director of the state personnel office. An election is effective upon filing and shall be irrevocable so long as the employee remains employed by the rocky mountain information network.

C. As used in this section, “rocky mountain information network” means that project funded by the United States department of justice, regulated by the provisions of 28 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 23, created as part of the regional information sharing systems program established by the United States department of justice and serving law enforcement agencies in the states of New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Utah.