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Healthcare question fails to make New Mexico ballot

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August 31, 2010

SANTA FE, New Mexico: Some states, such as Oklahoma and Arizona, will see health care questions on the ballot come November, but some states, such as New Mexico, will not. The measure was proposed in state legislative session this year, but did not make it to the ballot for voter approval.

The proposal was attempting to prohibit national health care mandates and was being sponsored by Keith Gardner. Legislative session ended without the measure being sent to the ballot. According to Article XIX of the New Mexico Constitution, it takes a majority vote of all members of both houses of the New Mexico State Legislature to refer a proposed amendment to the ballot. New Mexico is one of ten states that allows a referred amendment to go on the ballot after a majority vote in one session of the state's legislature.[1][2]

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