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New Mexico legislators propose ‘Environmental Rights’ proposal
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New Mexico legislators propose ‘Environmental Rights’ proposal

'Environmental rights' proposal advanced by New Mexico lawmakers

The right of New Mexicans to a clean environment could become state law through a resolution that was passed from its first committee during last week’s 2022 Legislative Session.

House Joint Resolution 2Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D 37) of Las Cruces sponsored this amendment. This was also known as “the green amendment” and would allow language to be placed on the next general elections to amend the state constitution to clarify environmental rights.

It was originally blocked by the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee, when lawmakers were locked on a 5-5 vote. But, it was reworked and passed Saturday by that same committee on a vote 6-4.

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The House Judiciary Committee will then review the resolution before it is presented to the full New Mexico House of Representatives for consideration before being referred to the State Senate.

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