New Mexico War Veteran Scholarship, Amendment 1 (2010)
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- See also: 2010 ballot measure election results
Official election results follow:
|Amendment 1 (War Veteran Scholarship)|
Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.
Text of measure
The ballot read as follows:
Proposing an amendment to Article 9, Section 14 of the Constitution of New Mexico to permit the establishment of a college scholarship program for New Mexico military war veterans.
[ ] For[ ] Against
According to the final version of the measure, the summary of the act read:
- An act relating to the higher education; providing resident tuition eligibility for veterans of the Unites States Armed forces at New Mexico Institutions of higher education.
The fiscal implications of having the measure on the New Mexico ballot, according to the state fiscal impact report, read:
- The appropriation of $350 thousand contained in this bill is a recurring expense to the electronic voting system revolving fund. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of fiscal year 2012 shall revert to the electronic voting system revolving fund. The electronic voting system revolving fund has no ongoing revenue source and cannot support a recurring expense. If the bill passes, the fund will be at about $40 thousand.
- SB136 would require the Secretary of State to provide at least one voting system at each polling location. Currently, statute requires the county commissioners to purchase voting systems. However, when 188.8.131.52 NMSA 1978 was enacted requiring paper ballot voting systems, the state purchased those systems. Since the purchase of the systems did not follow statute, there has been disagreement over who should have ownership and pay maintenance cost on the paper ballot voting systems. While this bill seems to address those issues, it would impact the general fund only if new voting systems are purchased but certainly for annual maintenance costs on the paper ballot systems, which according to this bill is $350 thousand, annually. Although not necessarily required annually, there are potential future year costs for all hardware, software, firmware upgrades, which could reach another $250 thousand per year.
- In an argument suggested by the New Mexico Legislative Council Service, proponents argued that the amendment existed for veterans of the Vietnam War, and that the same should be given to recent veterans.
- In an argument suggested by the New Mexico Legislative Council Service, one argument against the measure was that education for veterans in the state was a federal responsibility, not the state of New Mexico.
- The Valencia County News Bulletin, in an editorial stated about the measure, "The cost to the state will be small, and it is only fair to provide veterans of the two gulf wars, Afghanistan, and Bosnia-Herzegovina the same benefits as Vietnam vets. The News-Bulletin recommends a yes vote."
Path to the ballot
The senate bill was first introduced to the New Mexico State Senate on January 21, 2009, where it was approved with a vote of 38-0 on February 21, 2009. 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.
- New Mexico 2010 ballot measures
- New Mexico Senate
- New Mexico House of Representatives
- 2010 ballot measures
- Example of a New Mexico sample ballot that shows the language of New Mexico's 2010 ballot measures (dead link)
- New Mexico Secretary of State
- New Mexico Legislature, "SB 136"
- Bernalillo County, New Mexico November 2, 2010 Sample Ballot (dead link)
- New Mexico Legislature, "Final Version"
- New Mexico Legislature, "Fiscal Impact Report" (timed out)
- CNJOnline.com, "Five constitutional amendments on ballot," October 16, 2010 (dead link)
- News-Bulletin, "Vote for one of five amendments," October 23, 2010
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