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Posted by Viki Harrison on February 14, 2018

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Common Cause New Mexico priority legislation HJM 10 passes the New Mexico State Senate

The “Fix it America” amendment, HJM 10, sponsored by Reps. Linda Trujillo & James Smith and Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino passed the Senate floor last night. 

This national effort to repair the tremendous impact of the Citizen’s United decision, which has opened the floodgates of undisclosed money spent in our elections, and the effects of partisan gerrymandering, has begun right here in New Mexico. Our legislature now supports HJM 10, a Memorial to ask Congress to amend the U.S. Constitution with the following language: 

Section I.  Congress and State Legislatures shall regulate the role of money in elections and governance to ensure transparency, prevent corruption, and protect against the buying of access to or influence over representatives. No such regulation shall be deemed in violation of freedom of speech rights in the Constitution of the United States or its Amendments. 

Section II.  Legislative districts or districting plans shall not intentionally or unduly favor or disfavor any political party.

Since the House Joint Memorial was amended in the Senate, it must go back to the House for concurrence. That should happen today!

As always, thanks for checking in and lending your voice to help us build a healthier democracy!

Office: Common Cause National, Common Cause New Mexico

Issues: Money in Politics, Money in Politics, Voting and Elections, Voting and Elections

Tags: Limit On Campaign Contributions, Fighting Big Money, Create Redistricting Commissions, Redistricting

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