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
January 30, 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.
NMSU SWTDI Bill Passed by Committee
January 30, 2015 — The Senate Conservation Committee yesterday gave a due pass to SB 209 NMSU Smart and Microgrid Development, introduced by Bill Soules. The duplicate bill on the House side will be heard at 8:30 in the House, Energy, Environment and Natural Resources committee. The bill supports funding for the Southwest Technology Development Institute at NMSU.
There are many familiar faces from Las Cruces in Santa Fe today, as the NMSU Board of Regents holds a meeting here this morning, and Las Cruces Day events are ongoing through the weekend. NMSU’s Santa Fe Alumni reception is this evening.
The Senate is out until Monday and the House will convene at 10:30am.
Roundhouse Update January 29, 2015
January 29, 2015 — President Garrey Carruthers and students from ASNMSU met with local legislators and members of the leadership to discuss NMSU’s priorities for the 2015 legislative session. Both President Carruthers and ASNMSU Director of Government Relations Bryce Smith presented their interests for NMSU and its student body.
NMSU’s Smart and Microgrids Technology bills will be heard before two committees this week. Today, SB 209, NMSU Smart and Microgrid Development, will be heard before the Senate Conservation Committee at 2:00pm, in room 311. HB 14, NMSU Smart and Microgrid Technology, will be heard on Friday, at 8:30am, before the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources committee in room 309.
There are two items of interest to NMSU on the Senate Finance Committee’s schedule:
Senate Finance Committee, Wednesday, February 4, 2015, Room 322, 1:30
Higher Education Department — Dr. Barbara Damron, Secretary Designate
Dr. Dan Lopez, Council of University Presidents
Dr. Becky Rowley, Independent Community Colleges
Dr. John Madden, New Mexico Association of Community Colleges
Higher Education Funding Formula
January 26, 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.
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.
Legislative Finance Committee Recommendations
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.
Click below to read the recommendations:
Governor Susana Martinez Executive Budget Recommendation
In her budget recommendation, the Governor proposes an additional $6.5 for the Lottery Scholarship.