Joint ResolutionTo Allow Essential Services For New Mexicans Passes First Committee


The House Transportation, Public Works & Capital Improvement Committee advanced House Joint Resolution 1 today, which would amend the State Constitution to allow the state to provide essential services and utilities to households across New Mexico.

“Passing this with the backing of New Mexico’s voters would enable the state to help bring infrastructure to many places in rural New Mexico, where access to essential services are still lacking,” said Representative Anthony Allison (D-Fruitland). 

HJR 1 would amend the “anti-donation clause” of the State Constitution to enable the state to provide necessary utilities and services, particularly in rural and underserved areas. Under this  constitutional amendment, the Legislature could appropriate state funds for the creation of necessary infrastructure and services, such as water, wastewater, internet, and energy, in places where they are needed most. 

“No one should have to worry about access to necessary utilities like water and electricity,” said Representative Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos). “I’m confident that the voters would support access to the most essential infrastructure for every New Mexican.”

HJR 1 sponsored by Representatives Allison, Chandler, Tara Lujan (D-Santa Fe), Linda Serrato (D-Santa Fe), and Candie Sweetser (D-Deming), passed the committee along party lines by a vote of 5 to 3.

As an amendment to the state constitution, the proposal would be voted on by the public in the next statewide general election upon passage in the legislature.

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