The NMSU Office of Government Relations represents New Mexico State University’s interests and priorities with the state legislature, federal government, and government agencies.
2017 Legislative Special Session
The New Mexico legislature met in a special session May 24 and the Governor signed a budget bill that restored funding for higher education. Click on the images below for details in a final report, a budget comparison table, and the budget bill.
May 26 Update, 10:00pm
Earlier this evening the Governor took final action on the 4 bills that were passed by the legislature. Most importantly she signed HB1 -Supplemental General Appropriations which funds higher education. The Governor did line item veto $500,000 in nonrecurring funding for the Water Resources Research Institute but did not veto the recurring funding for the institute. All other programs were left intact.
In addition to HB1, the Governor took action the remaining bills as follows:
HB2- Partial Veto
SB1 – Partial Veto
SB2 – Vetoed
Thursday, May 25, 5:30pm, Update 2
The legislature convened on Wednesday, May 25, 2017 for the 2017 1st Special Session and both houses recessed on the afternoon of Thursday, May 26, 2017. The legislature will reconvene on Tuesday May 30, 2017 at 1:00 pm which will require the Governor to sign the bills within a 72 hour period from the time she received the bills (excluding Sundays).
Final Post-Legislative Session Update
Read our comprehensive report and find out about everything higher education-related that happened at the 2017 legislative session. Click below for the report.
Higher Education Funding Veto
The New Mexico Supreme Court will consider a lawsuit filed against Governor Susana Martinez regarding use of line-item vetoes in the state budget bill. Oral arguments will take place May 15. Below are the Supreme Court petition and the Supreme Court order to respondents.
Governor Line-Item Veto of Higher Education in HB2
DATE: March 7, 2017
TO: All NMSU employees
FROM: Garrey Carruthers, Chancellor
SUBJECT: Higher education funding
As you may have already seen, earlier today Governor Martinez vetoed all funding for higher education in the state of New Mexico. I’m concerned that NMSU and the state’s other universities now appear to be caught up in a political strategy. Clearly, higher education in the state must be funded, and we hope both sides will work expeditiously to resolve their differences. We will continue to keep the campus community updated throughout this process.
Click here for a copy of the Governor’s message and HB2 with line-item vetoes
NMSU Tracking List
New Mexico State University has a team that watches all bills that are introduced and determines the impact that any of the bills might have to the NMSU community. To see an ongoing list of the bills that NMSU is tracking, click on the link below:
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