Joint Resolution To Allow Essential Services For New Mexicans Passes House Floor


House Joint Resolution 1, which would allow voters to amend the State Constitution to allow the state to provide essential services and utilities to households across New Mexico passed on the floor Thursday by a vote of 43-23.

“In too many communities across our state families lack broadband service which prevents children from learning, or lack of water which creates health issues for families,” said Rep. Anthony Allison (D-Fruitland). “This amendment would support the most vulnerable communities in our state that need access to essential services.”

HJR 1 would allow voters to pass an amendment to 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. 

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. 

“I’m confident that the voters will support this important measure to improve access to essential infrastructure for every New Mexican,” said Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos). “Every family should have access to clean water, reliable electricity and broadband internet.”