The NMSU Office of Government Relations represents New Mexico State University’s interests and priorities with the state legislature, federal government, and government agencies.
NEWS AND UPDATES
March 23, 2015
The state budget bill is at the Governor’s office awaiting signature. She has until April 10 to sign the bill. Click on the link below for final NMSU impacts:
March 21, 12:09pm
The NM Legislature has adjourned. It adjourned without taking final action on a capital outlay bill. Stay tuned for a report on NMSU impacts.
March 21, 2015
With two hours before the legislature is scheduled to adjourn, the House of Representatives is considering SB 159, which contains millions in capital outlay projects for universities and community colleges across the state. The House Ways and Means Committee stripped some funding from the bill, the House has to approve what they are considering, and then send it back to the Senate to concur, all before noon. The House bill currently includes funding for Jett Hall and DACC,
A couple of other bills we are watching in the next couple of hours:
HB 219 – Out-of-State Gross Receipts is on the Senate Calendar
HB 513 – Disposition of Certain Public Property is on the Senate Calendar
Senate Unanimously Confirms Student Regent
The Senate today confirmed Amanda Lopez Askin as NMSU’s student regent
Roundhouse Update March 16
There’s quite a bit to watch today.
HB 575 Proprietary College Info and Records and HM 125 Study IPRA Requests to Schools passed by the House Education Committee this morning.
HB 170 Higher Endowment Fund was passed by Senate Education.
Nomination of Amanda Lopez Askin approved by Senate Rules Committee this morning. Off to the Senate floor next.
Other bills we are watching today:
8:30 Senate Education SB 657 Lottery Scholarship as Full Scholarship
11:00 Senate Floor SB 11 Scholarship for National Merit Scholars
SB 446 Interstate Distance Education Act
1:30 House Floor HB 93 Year Round Legislative Lottery Scholarship
HM 112 Tuition Scholarship Amounts and Notices
1:30 House Regulation and Public Affairs SB 355 Purchase of Lottery Tickets with Card
Senate Finance Committee Approves State Budget Bill
The Senate Finance Committee passed HB2, the General Appropriations Act of 2015. The budget bill now has to go to the Senate floor for approval. The bill restored some funding for NMSU. To view what HB2 includes for NMSU click here: NMSU impact in HB2.
Roundhouse Update, March 10
March 10 – The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to take up HB 2 General Appropriations Act of 2015, at 1:30 today or one half hour after the Senate adjourns. We will see if NMSU items remain in the bill, or if some items may be restored.
Many bills that we are tracking are on the House Calendar, ready to be considered for passage by the full House. They include HB 170, which contains $5.5 million for the Higher Education Endowment Fund, HB 481 Resident Tuition for Certain Students and Study, HM 93 Year-Round Legislative Lottery Scholarship, and HM 112 Tuition Scholarship Amounts and Notices.
The House Business and Employment Committee this morning passed SB 271, Out-of-State Event Gross Receipts, which would impact fees that NMSU has to pay for out of state athletic events.
What else is coming up? Today at 1:30, the House Ways and Means Committee will consider HB 460 Study Lottery Tuition Recipient Monitoring, on March 11 the Senate Education Committee will consider SB 657 Lottery Scholarship as Full Scholarship, and also on the 11th the Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee will consider HB 219 Out-of-State Event Gross Receipts.
As we announced yesterday, Las Crucen Jerean Hutchinson was confirmed by the Senate to serve as a Regent for NMSU. We await action on Amanda Lopez Askin, who was nominated by Governor Susana Martinez to serve as the next student regent for NMSU.
As always, take a look at our bill tracking list below if you are interested in bills that will impact NMSU and higher education.
February 19, 2015 — Every year a team from NMSU analyzes and tracks bills that may have an impact to NMSU and/or higher education. Click here to see a list of bills NMSU is tracking.
2015 LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION
NMSU completes and long and necessary process to review and narrow down NMSU’s priorities for which it will advocate during the legislative session. Click here to read detail about NMSU’s priorities.
State Economists Reveal Lower Revenue Estimates (Feb 4, 2015)
Every year the Legislative Finance Committee, the Higher Education Department, and the Governor’s office make budget recommendations. NMSU has prepared a comparison of their recommendations, with NMSU’s requests. The information factors into the work of the Legislature as they form budget bills for New Mexico. Click here to view comparison.
The Legislative Finance Committee makes budget recommendations which legislators use as they determine funding levels. The LFC released its recommendation on Jan 9. It includes a 2.2 percent increase for higher education.
Governor Susana Martinez Executive Budget Recommendation
In her budget recommendation, the Governor proposes an additional $6.5 million for the Lottery Scholarship.