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

The 2019 New Mexico Legislative Session

The 2019 session of the New Mexico legislature adjourned on March 16.  Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed the three separate General Appropriations Bills that were passed by the legislature:  HB 2, HB 548 and SB 536.

All three bills combined includes $18.5 million in new funding (recurring and non-recurring).  SB 280, the capital outlay bill, includes a total of $29.3 million specifically to NMSU. Details of the funding bill are in the post-session report link below.

Other bills that were signed by the Governor impacting NMSU include SB 664 Educational Retirement Benefits to Spouses, HB 360 Educational Retirement Changes,  HB 7 Higher Education Center of Excellence, HB 237 Extend University Police Officer Authority, SB 314 NMSU Campus in San Luis Potosi Mexico, HB 501 Increase Certain PERA and ERB Contributions, and SB 437 Raise Minimum Wage and Create and Separate One.

A presentation with details on the results of the legislative session can be found by clicking on the report below:


2019 Final Legislative Session Report



NMSU Bill Tracking Sheet

NMSU’s Office of Government Relations tracks a number of bills that would have an impact on higher education and NMSU.  To see a list of the bills click on the link below.

NMSU Bill Tracking List


NMSU’s Legislative Initiatives



New Mexico State University undergoes an intensive process to determine legislative priorities for the 2019 legislative session.  These 2019 legislative initiative items were approved by the NMSU Board of Regents in September of 2018.  Click on the image to the left for details.



Final 2018 Legislative Session Report

Click here for a final report of the impact of the 2018 Legislative Session on NMSU.



GOB D: Thank you!

Two General Obligation Bonds directly impacting NMSU were passed in the  2018 General Election.  By supporting these items, voters supported student success and New Mexico economic development! GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND D includes $31.2 million for all NMSU campuses and does NOT raise taxes.

$25 million for the NMSU main Las Cruces campus for the renovation and modernization of three aging College of Agriculture buildings.

$1.7 million for Doña Ana County Community College for infrastructure improvement, including roof repair and replacement.

$1.4 million for NMSU-Alamogordo for replacement of the roof at the Tays Center, and improve infrastructure campuswide

$1.6 million for NMSU-Carlsbad for infrastructure improvements campuswide and renovation of the Learning Assistance Center.

$1.5 million for NMSU-Grants for improvements at Martinez Hall including roof and code compliance improvements.

General Obligation Bond D includes a total of $128 million for Colleges and Universities statewide.

General Obligation Bond B will provide $12 million for libraries statewide and includes $610,000 for all of NMSU’s libraries system-wide.