New Mexico Bernalillo County as an Urban County, Question 1 (2000)

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New Mexico Amendment 1, also known as the Permit Bernalillo County to become an Urban County Act, was on the November 7, 2000 election ballot in New Mexico. It passed, with 54% of voters in favor.

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Legislative Constitutional Amendment

Summary by New Mexico Legislative Council Service: Constitutional Amendment 1 (CA 1) proposes to add two new sections to Article 10, the local government article of the constitution, to provide a mechanism for Bernalillo county to become an urban county and a mechanism to merge with the city of Albuquerque to form a single urban government. The amendment provides that initially an election must be held before January 1, 2002 on whether the county should become an urban county. The amendment then calls for a second election to be held before January 1, 2004 on whether the county should merge with the city of Albuquerque to form a single urban government.

The New Mexico supreme court, in a challenge to the validity of the proposal, ruled in August that CA 1 did not improperly propose two amendments in a single question in violation of Article XIX, Section 1 of the state constitution. The court ruled that the proposed amendment should be submitted to the voters in November.

The provisions in each section of CA 1, for each form of government, are self-executing. Put simply, no additional acts of the legislature are necessary to implement the amendment; and pursuant to its terms, the voters of Bernalillo county could choose either form of government or first approve creation of an urban county and then later approve merging with Albuquerque to form a single urban government. The specific provisions and procedures for each section and form of government follow.

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