The Green Amendment for New Mexico
Representative Ferrary and I will again introduce a Joint Resolution to Amend our State Consitution to protect our precious, environmentally fragile environment during the 2023 Session. Last session Senators Bill Soules, Harold Pope, Liz Stefanics, Bill Tallman, Jerry Ortiz y Pino, Carrie Hamblen, Jeff Steinborn, Linda Lopez, Shannon Pinto, Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales, Benny Shendo and Nancy Rodriquez and Representatives Joanne Ferrary, Andrea Romero, Roger Montoya, Karen Bash, Tara Lujan, Kay Bounkeua, Debbie Sarinana, Patricia Roybal-Caballero, Kristina Ortez, Christine Trujilllo, Gail Chasey, Anthony Alison, Liz Thompson, and Miguel Garcia also joined in co-sponsoring the bill. The resolution will give New Mexicans a right to clean air, land and water. It will be a powerful message about the people’s position on environmental protection and climate change.
If the legislature passes the Joint Resolution, it will appear on the Ballot as a proposed Constitutional Amendment. If the voters approve it, the New Mexico Constitution will be amended as follows:
SECTION 1. It is proposed to amend Article 2 of the constitution of New Mexico by adding a new section to read:
The people of the state shall be entitled to clean and healthy air, water, soil and environment; a stable climate; and self-sustaining ecosystems, for the benefit of public health, safety and general welfare. The state shall protect these rights equitably for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, tribal membership status, socioeconomics, or geography.
The state, counties and municipalities shall serve as trustee of the natural resources of New Mexico and shall conserve, protect and maintain these resources for the benefit of all the people, including present and future generations.
The provisions of this section are self-executing. Monetary damages shall not be awarded for a violation of this section. This section is enforceable against the state, counties and municipalities.
SECTION 2. It is proposed to amend Article 20 of the constitution of New Mexico by repealing Section 21.
SECTION 3. 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.
Presentations and More Information about the Green Amendment
The Green Amendment--A Panel of Experts (July 13, 2021)
Check out Part One of the Green Amendment Documentary!
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