NMED operates under a variety of state statutes, rules and federal regulations (listed below).
Laws and statutes are enforcement legal standards passed by New Mexico Legislature and sign by the governor, or passed by the United States Congress and signed by the President of the United States.
Rules are adopted by state agencies or governing boards which prescribe additional legal standards.
NMED also operates under policies and guidance documents. These are not enforceable, but lay the foundation for how our programs carry out their responsibilities.
State Statutes (Acts):
Statutes begin as a bill (piece of legislation) in a legislative body, such as the New Mexico Legislature. If approved, the legislation becomes law, setting a legal standard that must be followed by individuals and entities within the state’s jurisdiction. Laws become statutes when entered into the New Mexico Statutes Annotated (NMSA) “red book” publications. Usually statutes are general – covering large issues but not specific details.
The state statutes relating to the department’s responsibilities are found in the following NMSA Chapters:
NMSA Chapter 3 – Municipalities
NMSA Chapter 9 – Executive Departments
NMSA Chapter 25 – Food
NMSA Chapter 50 – Employment Law
NMSA Chapter 61 – Professional & Occupational Licenses
NMSA Chapter 74 – Environmental Improvement
* Access to the above statues: – A direct link is not available at this time. Access statutes by:
1) Going to the New Mexico Compilation Commission website (public access),
See full list of statutes related to NMED below.
Rules are a special category of law written by state agencies to support, clarify, or implement specific laws enacted by the legislature called statutes. They are subordinate to statutes and must work within the framework established by statute. They originate with federal and state agencies rather than a legislative body. These rules help place the law into effect; in certain instances, laws sometime provide a framework for a standard, with rules filling in the necessary details. Learn more…
The New Mexico Legislature passed a law allowing the NMED, the Environmental Improvement Board, and/or the Water Quality Control Commission the ability to create detailed standards of environmental protection. Rules proposed by NMED are reviewed by the department’s secretary, the EIB, or the WQCC.
Rules are compiled in New Mexico Administrative Code and actions contrary to them are illegal. The majority of the rules relating to the department’s responsibilities are found in the following Sections:
Title 20 (Environmental Protection)
Title 11.5 (Labor and Workers’ Compensation)
See full list of rules below…
Federal Regulations consist of statutes (acts) and rules that prescribe a legal standard. NMED operates to support the following federal statutes:
New Mexico Statutes (by Chapter)
Federal Legislative Branch Resources