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Requesting a Proclamation
Proclamations issued by the Governor are intended to honor, celebrate, or raise awareness of a noteworthy event or significant issue for the citizens of New Mexico. Proclamations are provided by the Governor’s Office of Constituent Services according to a set of guidelines. These public service documents are strictly honorary and are not legally binding. All proclamation requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The Governor reserves the right to decline any request for a proclamation, to edit any draft material for final wording, and to make an exception to the following guidelines:
When must a proclamation request be submitted?
- Proclamation requests are accepted no less than 45 days but no more than six months in advance of the event date or proclaimed date.
Who may request a proclamation?
- All proclamation requests must come from a New Mexico resident. This includes requests from regional, national, and international organizations.
- Proclamation requests may be submitted by an individual or group of individuals, a non-profit organization, or a state or local government body. For-profit businesses may not submit proclamation requests.
The content of a proclamation
- The proclamation must recognize a specific day, week, or month. For example, “National Registered Apprenticeship Week.” New Mexico organizations are encouraged to coordinate their efforts with similar groups prior to contacting the Governor’s Office. Organizations and individuals are also encouraged to request proclamations that coincide with national or state-designated dates.
- The proclamation must honor a specific state-wide group or issue. With certain limited exceptions for historically significant state and national figures, proclamations may not honor a specific individual or organization. Requests for proclamations of local significance should be directed to local authorities.
- The individual requesting a proclamation honoring a state-wide or regional group of importance within the State must be able to show that they represent the state-wide or regional group.
- The proclamation must not be used as part of an advertisement or commercial promotion. Proclamations will not name for-profit organizations. However, an exception may be made when a national organization is holding a national meeting or convention in New Mexico. The Governor may issue a proclamation recognizing that group in conjunction with its meeting or convention.
- The proclamation must not take sides in matters of political, ideological, or religious controversy.
- The proclamation may be issued to express the Governor’s support of resolutions, proclamations, or other legislative acknowledgements.
The format of a proclamation
- The requested proclamation should be created using the proclamation template. Please note that the Governor’s Office reserves the right to edit the final wording of any requested proclamation.
- The requested proclamation must fit on a single page and be in 12-point font, with room remaining for the signatures of the Governor and the Secretary of State, and the State Seal of New Mexico. The proclamation should be written in all capital letters and the proclamation sentence should be bolded and in 16-point font.
- Please provide a contact name, phone number or email address, and any mailing address where you would like the final proclamation document sent.
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