HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 7
54th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - second session, 2020
A JOINT RESOLUTION
PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE 4, SECTION 5 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF NEW MEXICO TO BROADEN THE SCOPE OF BILLS THAT THE LEGISLATURE MAY CONSIDER DURING EVEN-NUMBERED YEARS.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. It is proposed to amend Article 4, Section 5 of the constitution of New Mexico to read:
"A. Each regular session of the legislature shall begin annually at 12:00 noon on the third Tuesday of January. Every regular session of the legislature convening during an odd-numbered year shall remain in session not to exceed sixty days, and every regular session of the legislature convening during an even-numbered year shall remain in session not to exceed thirty days. No special session of the legislature shall exceed thirty days.
B. Every regular session of the legislature convening during an even-numbered year shall consider only the following:
(1) budgets, appropriations and revenue bills; (2) bills drawn pursuant to special messages of the governor; [and]
(3) up to two bills introduced by each member of the legislature, notwithstanding the limitations provided pursuant to Paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection; and
[(3)] (4) bills of the last previous regular session vetoed by the governor."
SECTION 2. The amendment proposed by this resolution shall be submitted to the people for their approval or rejection at the next general election or at any special election prior to that date that may be called for that purpose.
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