The Administrative Law Division (ALD) is the filing point for rules promulgated by executive-branch agencies, for interstate compacts, and for county subdivision regulations. Agencies proposing to enter into rulemaking must also publish in the New Mexico Register notices of their intent to do so. Rules are promulgated by State agencies to execute and support New Mexico statutes. Pursuant to the State Rules Act (Chapter 14, Article 4 NMSA 1978), for rules to be valid and enforceable, they must be filed with the State Records Center and Archives (SRCA) and be published in the New Mexico Register.
mission of the ALD is to file, effectively and efficiently, the rules
and other instruments it receives; to manage and preserve those rules
and instruments; and to make the rules, notices, and other instruments
filed with it accessible to the public and other users. To fulfill this
mission, Division staff monitor compliance with statutes and rules affecting
the rule-filing and publishing processes. To guide State agencies, they
provide training and consultation with respect to the requirements for
filing and publishing and answer questions from individuals and groups
interested in regulatory material filed with the Division. Training
in the style and format, filing, and publishing requirements is offered
to individuals involved in the rule-making process. Finally, Division
staff maintain and preserve all regulatory material filed with the Division
until the material is repealed or otherwise determined no longer valid
(at which time it is transferred to the State Archives) and assure open
and public access to the material is provided.