New Mexico State Legislature

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The New Mexico State Legislature is bicameral, composed of a senate and a house of representatives. The 42 members of the senate are elected to 4-year terms, and the 70 members of the house are elected to 2-year terms.

The New Mexico Legislature is an unpaid volunteer citizens’ legislature, which means that members do not receive a salary for their public service.

By law, the New Mexico Legislature convenes in regular sessions in Santa Fe at 12:00 noon on the third Tuesday in January each year. In odd-numbered years the legislature meets for 60 days and in even-numbered years for 30 days. The Governor may call the legislature into a special session by proclamation. The only matters that may be considered in a special session are those contained in the Governor’s proclamation. The legislature may call itself into an extraordinary session if it considers the need great enough. In May 2002, the legislature convened in an extraordinary session; this was the first time in New Mexico’s history that the legislature had used this power. [1]

On January 17, 2006, the Second Session of the 47th New Mexico Legislature will open and the session will close on February 16, 2006.

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