As used in the Administrative Procedures Act:   
A.   “agency” means any state board, commission, department or officer authorized by law to make rules, conduct adjudicatory proceedings, make determinations, grant licenses, impose sanctions, grant or withhold relief or perform other actions or duties delegated by law, and which is specifically placed by law under the Administrative Procedures Act;   
B.   “adjudicatory proceeding” means a proceeding before an agency, including but not limited to ratemaking and licensing, in which legal rights, duties or privileges of a party are required by law to be determined by an agency after an opportunity for a trial-type hearing; but does not include a mere rulemaking proceeding, as provided in Section 3 [12-8-3 NMSA 1978] of the Administrative Procedures Act. It also includes the formation and issuance of any order, the imposition or withholding of any sanction and the granting or withholding of any relief, as well as any of the foregoing types of determinations or actions wherein no procedure or hearing provision has been otherwise provided for or required by law;   
C.   “license” includes the whole or part of any agency permit, certificate, approval, registration, charter, membership, statutory exemption or other form of permission required by law;   
D.   “licensing” includes the agency process respecting the grant, denial, renewal, revocation, suspension, annulment, withdrawal, amendment, limiting, modifying or conditioning of a license;   
E.   “party” means each person or agency named or admitted as a party or properly seeking and entitled as of right to be admitted as a party, whether for general or limited purposes;   
F.   “person” means any individual, partnership, corporation, association, governmental subdivision or public or private organization of any character other than an agency;   
G.   “rule” includes the whole or any part of every regulation, standard, statement or other requirement of general or particular application adopted by an agency to implement, interpret or prescribe law or policy enforced or administered by an agency, if the adoption or issuance of such rules is specifically authorized by the law giving the agency jurisdiction over such matters. It also includes any statement of procedure or practice requirements specifically authorized by the Administrative Procedures Act or other law, but it does not include:   
(1)   advisory rulings issued under Section 9 [12-8-9 NMSA 1978] of the Administrative Procedures Act;   
(2)   regulations concerning only the internal management or discipline of the adopting agency or any other agency and not affecting the rights of, or the procedures available to, the public or any person except an agency’s members, officers or employees in their capacity as such member, officer or employee;   
(3)   regulations concerning only the management, confinement, discipline or release of inmates of state penal, correctional, public health or mental institutions;   
(4)   regulations relating to the use of highways or streets when the substance of the regulations is indicated to the public by means of signs or signals; or   
(5)   decisions issued or actions taken or denied in adjudicatory proceedings;   
H.   “rulemaking” means any agency process for the formation, amendment or repeal of a rule;   
I.   “order” means the whole or any part of the final or interim disposition, whether affirmative, negative, injunctive or declaratory in form, by an agency in any matter other than rulemaking but including licensing;   
J.   “sanction” includes the whole or part of any agency:   
(1)   prohibition, requirement, limitation or other condition affecting the freedom of any person or his property;   
(2)   withholding of relief;   
(3)   imposition of any form of penalty;   
(4)   destruction, taking, seizure or withholding of property;   
(5)   assessment of damages, reimbursement, restitution, compensation, taxation, costs, charges or fees;   
(6)   requirement, revocation, amendment, limitation or suspension of a license; or   
(7)   taking or withholding of other compulsory, restrictive or discretionary action;   
K.   “relief” includes the whole or part of any agency:   
(1)   grant of money, assistance, license, authority, exemption, exception, privilege or remedy;   
(2)   recognition of any claim, right, interest, immunity, privilege, exemption or exception; or   
(3)   taking of any other action upon the application or petition of, and beneficial to, any person;   
L.   “agency proceedings” means any agency process in connection with rulemaking, orders, adjudication, licensing, imposition or withholding of sanctions or the granting or withholding of relief; and   
M.   “agency action” includes the whole or part of every agency, rule, order, license, sanction or relief, or the equivalent or denial thereof, or failure to act.   
  History: 1953 Comp., § 4-32-2, enacted by Laws 1969, ch. 252, § 2.