The constitutional powers of the New Mexico Lieutenant Governor are listed in two different articles of the Constitution of the State of New Mexico. The powers listed in Article 5, which is dedicated to the executive branch, will be discussed first. Then, the power listed in Article 4, the section dedicated to the legislative branch, will be referenced.
Article 5, Section 8 indicates that the Lieutenant Governor shall serve as President of the New Mexico Senate, and shall have the ability to vote in the Senate, but possesses only a casting vote. In Article 4, Section 8, the sole listed legislative power of the state’s second-ranking officer is to call the Senate into order. However, the document does not specifically provide for nor, does it prohibit, the lieutenant governor from assuming powers provided by statute.
Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Secretary of State. Constitution, 1911-2017. Santa Fe, NM. 53.
Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Secretary of State. Constitution, 1911-2017. Santa Fe, NM. 27.