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Legislative Affairs 2024-07-09T11:01:13-06:00

New Mexico Statute
Catalog of all laws passed by the New Mexico Legislature and signed by the Governor.

New Mexico Legislature
The New Mexico Legislature’s webpage is where you can access proposed or passed legislation, information about committee hearings, and links to view committee hearings online.

  • Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC). Created in 1965 as a permanent bipartisan, bicameral interim committee of the New Mexico Legislature, the LESC:
    • conducts a continuing study of all education in New Mexico, the laws governing such education and the policies and costs of the New Mexico educational system, including the training of certified teaching personnel in postsecondary institutions;
    • recommends funding levels for public education;
    • recommends changes in laws relating to education; and
    • makes a full report of its findings and recommendations.
  • Legislative Finance Committee (LFC). The LFC was first established as a fiscal and management arm of the New Mexico Legislature in 1957. Since its inception, the committee’s role in the state budget process has grown as the complexity and size of the budget has increased. In 1991, LFC assumed responsibility for the performance audit program, previously a part of the Office of the State Auditor. The committee makes budgetary recommendations to the Legislature for funding state government, higher education, and public schools. The committee also prepares legislation addressing financial and management issues of state government. The Program Evaluation Unit, formerly the performance audit unit, reviews the costs, efficiency, and effectiveness of activities of state agencies and political subdivisions and recommends changes to the Legislature. New Mexico is unusual in that both the governor and a legislative agency (LFC) propose comprehensive state budgets to the Legislature. The New Mexico budget typically contains more than $8 billion in general fund appropriations and additional amounts in federal funds and other state funds. Public education has typically received the largest share of state general fund appropriations (around 45 percent) and higher education has generally received 12 percent, making education the biggest recipient of state general funds. Health and human services have historically received about 27 percent of the general fund budget, leaving 16 percent for the rest of state government.

Resources for the 2024 Legislative Session

  • Bill AnalysesThis page has the department’s analyses of education-related bills, by year and bill number.
  • FY25 Budget Recommendations. This document lists the impact of the LFC budget recommendations. 

PED Presentations for the New Mexico Legislature

2024 Interim

MonthCommitteeAgenda Item – PresentationWebcast
AprilLegislative Finance CommitteeSummer Literacy Services: New Mexico Summer Reading ProgramApril 18 at 2:27:25
MayLegislative Education Study CommitteeYouth Suicide PreventionMay 15 at 2:43:55
Public Education Department – Secretary Presentation: Public Education Department 2024 Interim PrioritiesMay 16 Legislative webcast recording not available.
Principal Preparation Programs, Work, and Policy Considerations: School Leader Preparation Principal ResidenciesMay 17 Legislative webcast recording not available.
JuneLegislative Finance CommitteePublic Education Department – 2024 Teacher SupportsJune 13 at 10:15:46 
Legislative Education Study CommitteePublic Education Department – Teaching and Learning June 27 at 10:43:20
Public Education Department – APL Mirco-CredentialsJune 28 Legislative webcast recording not available.


Page last updated July 9, 2024