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

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.

Legislative Council Martinez Supreme Court Petition

NM Supreme Court Response


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:

NMSU 2017 Legislative Bill Tracking List