New Mexico Constitutional Amendment 6 (2002)
New Mexico's Constitutional Amendment 6 is a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment that proposes to amend Section 14 of Article 9, which is often referred to as the "anti-donation clause."Currently, that clause prohibits the state and its political subdivisions from lending or pledging credit or making donations to persons, associations or corporations. Several exceptions exist authorizing expenditures for the sick and indigent, certain scholarship programs and certain economic development initiatives. The proposed amendment would add another exception to allow the state, a county or a municipality to donate land for construction of affordable housing, donate an existing building for conversion into affordable housing or pay the costs of infrastructure for affordable housing. It also specifies requirements for the enabling legislation necessary to implement the amendment. The amendment also makes minor stylistic changes.
The measure passed with yes votes of 56.0% in 2002.
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