New Mexico Governor Suspends Proposed and Pending Rules and Regulation

On January 1, 2011, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez issued
Executive Order 2011-001 entitled, “Formation of a Small Business-Friendly Task Force; Establishing a 90-Day Review Period for all Proposed and Pending Rules and Regulations.”

This order suspends proposed and pending rules and regulations for a period of 90 days with some rules excepted.  It also creates a task force comprised of cabinet secretaries from Taxation and Revenue, Workforce Solutions, and General Services.  The task force is to make specific legislative and regulatory recommendations to achieve economic growth and stability within 90 days from the effective date of the order.

The press release that accompanied the executive order describes the action as follows:

Today, Governor Susana Martinez signed her first executive order, which establishes a small business task force to identify red-tape regulations that are harmful to business growth and job creation in New Mexico and report its findings to the Governor. The task force, chaired by Secretary-designate of Economic Development, Jon Barela, will conduct its review over a 90-day period, during which all proposed and pending regulations will be frozen.

The full text of the Executive Order is available online at


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