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.

Click here to view a copy of HB1

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).

Read more Special Session Updates…


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:

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