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2021 Capitol Report, February 15



In recent decades at the Roundhouse. There’s been a significant difference between lawmakers who represent rural districts versus those who represent urban areas.

Now the matter is the subject of a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow New Mexico counties to secede from the state.

Tom Trowbridge reports from the Capitol:

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Roswell Republican Senator Cliff Pirtle has introduced a proposed constitutional amendment this session that if approved by both the State Senate and House would have voters decide whether New Mexico Counties could secede from the state.

Pirtle introduced the measure because he believes southeastern New Mexico counties get little respect in light of the revenue—most of it from oil and gas pumped from the Permian Basin—they generate for state government operations. He’s confident the concept stands up to what the nation’s constitutional framers had in mind when creating our unique federalist system.

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Senator Pirtle concedes he had a few New Mexico Counties in mind while contemplating his proposed constitutional amendment:

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Pirtle’s proposal is awaiting a hearing before the Senate Rule Committee.

For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Tom Trowbridge


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