State rules affect New Mexicans' everyday life. These include building codes, air quality standards, tax codes, welfare system regulations, and public health regulations, to name a few. According to the State Rules Act, agencies that issue rules must file copies with the Commission of Public Records – State Records Center and Archives. After filing, adopted regulations must be published in The New Mexico Register in order for them to be valid.
The Administrative Law Division (formerly State Rules Division) administers the State Rules Act and certain provisions of the Public Records Act that govern the official filing of rules and publications produced by state agencies. Included in that responsibility, the Administrative Law Division publishes newly adopted or amended rules in The New Mexico Register. The Division also compiles current rules in the New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC).