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The NMSU Office of Government and Community Relations represents New Mexico State University’s interests and priorities with the state legislature, federal government, and government agencies.

2022 Legislative Special Session

On April 5, 2022 the New Mexico Legislature held a Special Session as called by the Governor. Legislators  passed a "junior" budget bill with NMSU and higher education impacts.  Click on the link below to read a preliminary report. 


Preliminary Special Session Report


2022 Legislative Session

The 2022 session of the New Mexico legislature adjourned on Thursday, February 17.   Below is the final  summary report of items from the legislative session that impact NMSU and higher education. Contact our office at if you have any questions.

   NMSU 2022 Final Post-Session Legislative Report


Legislative Update, Wednesday February 16

At this writing about 18 hours remain in the legislative session of 2022. Today both the House and Senate passed the conference committee report for HB2 and 3, sending the state budget bill to the Governor for her signature.  She has until March 9 to sign the bill.  Any legislation she does not sign by March 9 is pocket-vetoed. The House this afternoon passed SB 212, Capital Outlay Projects. The bill includes approximately $5.9 million for NMSU system building renovations and improvements is areas communities across the state. Click here for a summary of NMSU projects in SB 212 Capital Outlay Projects The summary also includes a summary of the funding included for NMSU in HB 153, the GO Bond bill.  The funding in those bills will be included on the election ballot in November, and must be approved by voters. Also today, SB 140, Opportunity Scholarship Act was passed by the House Education Committee, 7-3.  


Monday, February 14

The legislature is scheduled to adjourn on Thursday, February 17.  Legislators are working around the clock to move legislation forward. Tonight the Senate passed HB 2, General Appropriation Act of 2022, by a vote of 37-3 and it will now go to the House for concurrence to the Senate-added amendments.  If the House concurs the bill will be sent to the Governor for her signature after enrolling and engrossing.  If the House does not concur, the bill will go to conference to reconcile differences. Today the Senate Finance Committee gave a due pass to HB 39, GRT Deduction for Nonathletic Events, which is critical in bringing concerts and shows to southern New Mexico. The House Appropriations and Finance Committee passed SB 48 Gen Appropriations and Auth Expenditures, which contains some funding for NMSU projects across the state. More on that later. Today the Senate Education Committee passed HB 13, Teacher Residency Changes, which supports the Teacher Residency Program. It also passed HB 73 Educational Retirees Returning to Work.  SB 140, Opportunity Scholarship Act was passed in the Senate and is scheduled to be heard in the House Education Committee on Wednesday. Tomorrow the Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to take up two capital outlay bills, and a GOB bill.  HB 153, General Obligation Bond Projects, includes $40 million (excluding NMDA) for building projects across the statewide NMSU system.  SB 212, Capital Outlay Projects, includes $1 million for the NMSU system. The other capital outlay bill is SB 213, Capital Outlay Authorizations.    Look up any of our previous updates by clicking here. 


NMSU Tracking List

NMSU tracks bills that may impact NMSU and higher education.  Click below to see the list of bills that are being tracked:

NMSU Bill Tracking List


Legislative Finance Committee and Executive Budget Recommendations (Jan. 7, 2022)

Every year the Legislative Finance Committee, and the Executive branch, release their budget recommendations before the legislative session.  Legislators take these recommendations into consideration as they consider the state's budget and state funding during the session. Click the link below for a summary of budget recommendation items impacting higher education and NMSU. FY23 LFC and Executive Funding Recommendation Summary for NMSU To view the LFC Budget Recommendation in its entirety, click on the links below: To view the Executive Budget Recommendation for NMSU, click on the link below:


NMSU Legislative Priorities

New Mexico State University has an intensive process to determine the legislative priorities for the upcoming session.  On September 16, 2021, the NMSU Board of Regents approved the FY23 Research and Public Service Projects submitted to the New Mexico Higher Education Department. Below is information on NMSU's approved legislative priorities for the 2022 legislative session. (Click on the image to open a window to view a larger copy of the image)                                      

For further details, the Office of Government and Community Relations creates a legislative book that can be viewed at by clicking on the image below.



OGCR will have regular updates and a bill tracker during the session.  Check back here starting on January 18!

2021 Legislative Session

The New Mexico Legislature adjourned on Saturday, March 30. The deadline for the Governor to sign bills into law was Friday, April 9.  Click on the link below for a summary of the NMSU impacts in the funding bills and other legislative action.

2021 Legislative Session Report