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


COVID-19 Coronavirus

On March 27, the President  into law H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The bill provides $2 trillion in emergency relief related to the coronavirus pandemic.  The bill was passed by the House of Representatives earlier in the day.

Click on the link below to view the impacts to education, including $13.9 million for higher education.

THE CARES ACT Education Summary

Read the bill: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/748/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22h748%22%5D%7D&r=1&s=1

Previously Congress also passed HR 6201, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and before that S.3415, the Paid Sick Days for Public Health Emergencies and Personal and Family Care Act.

NMSU has a page with all information on the coronavirus pandemic as it relates to NMSU at https://nmsu.edu/coronavirus/.

The 2020 Legislative Session

The legislative session adjourned on February 20.

Post-Session Legislative Report

The Governor had until March 11 to sign any bills passed by the legislature into law.  Click on the link below to read a final report of the 2020 legislative session and impacts to NMSU.

Final 2020 POST-SESSION LEGISLATIVE REPORT

2020 NMSU Bill Tracking Sheet

Every year the government relations team keeps a tracking list of bills that may impact NMSU and higher education:

2020 BILL TRACKING SHEET

NMSU’s 2020 Legislative Priorities

New Mexico State University undergoes a long and intensive process to determine what legislative priorities it will put forth during the session. Click on the image below to see legislative items that NMSU requested this legislative session.

2020 Legislative Priorities Book

In preparing for the 2020 Legislative Session, the Office of Government Relations prepared a Legislative Priorities Book with more details. Click on the link below for this year’s book (some of the image quality has been decreased in order to reduce the size of the document).

2020 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES BOOK

LFC Budget Recommendations

Every year the Legislative Finance Committee Makes recommendations:

Volume 1: Policy and Performance Analysis

Volume 2: Appropriation Recommendations

Volume 3: Supplemental Charts and Graphs

Economists Release New Revenue Figures

On December 9, legislative and executive economists released new general fund revenue figures in a hearing before the Legislative Finance Committee.  The report says the state will have an estimated $797 million in “new” money in FY21, over FY20.  However this is down from an estimate for August.   To read a copy of the report, click on the link below:

General Fund December Estimates