The NMSU Office of Government Relations represents New Mexico State University’s interests and priorities with the state legislature, federal government, and government agencies.
2015 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
The legislative session came to a close on March 21. The Governor has until April 10 to sign legislation.
Governor Susana Martinez on April 9 signed HB 2, the 2015 General Appropriations Bill. The state bill includes NMSU’s I&G formula funding, and also funds 11 Research and Public Service Projects (RPSPs).
Wondering what happened to a certain bill? Click below to find a list of bills that NMSU tracked during legislative session:
On March 30th, Governor Martinez signed HB 170, the Higher Education Endowment bill into law. In her message about the bill, Governor Martinez says it will require NM colleges and universities to compete for funding for endowed chairs in key fields. The bill contains $5.5 million for the endowment.
You can monitor bills that the Governor signs into law on her website: http://www.governor.state.nm.us/
More 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.