February 23, 2019

2019 New Mexico Legislative Session Opens January 15, 2019

The First Session of the 54th Legislature

January 15: Opening day (noon)
February 14: Deadline for introduction
March 16: Session ends (noon)
April 5: Legislation not acted upon by governor is pocket vetoed
June 14: Effective date of legislation not a general appropriation bill or a bill carrying an emergency clause or other specified date

The 2019 session of the New Mexico Legislature commences Tuesday January 15, at noon. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will be delivering her first State of the State after taking over for outgoing Gov. Susanna Martinez on Jan. 1, 2019.

For 60 days, the legislators and the executive branch will be working with many varied issues, one of the most important will be crafting the FY20 state budget. With an estimated $1.1 billion in new money available, New Mexico is seeing unprecedented general fund revenues from oil and gas activity. Most policymakers are familiar with this industry’s volatility and the risk that it poses to recurring revenues, so the upcoming budget process should be interesting. Both the Legislative Finance Committee and the Department of Finance and Administration have submitted budget recommendations based on December revenue projections.

Focused, one-time investments are a highly beneficial use of this funding that can encourage long- term economic development, improve New Mexicans’ quality of life and maintain existing state assets that continue to deteriorate due to limited capital project funding in recent years.

For those interested and want to search for and keep up with bills, watch live webcasts, find committee schedules, contact information for legislators, etc. etc. visit New Mexico Legislation. See the information below to join us at Angel Fire Day at the Santa Fe Legislature. We are excited to meet our new Governor, cabinet members and legislators.

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