Article XVII, New Mexico Constitution

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Article XVII of the New Mexico Constitution is entitled Mines and Mining and consists of two sections.

Section 1

Text of Section 1:

Inspector of Mines

There shall be a state mine inspector who shall be appointed by the governor, by and with the advice and consent of the senate, for a term of four years, and whose duties and salary shall be as prescribed by law. The legislature may pass laws prescribing reasonable qualifications for the state mine inspector and deputy mine inspectors, and current legislative enactments prescribing such qualifications are declared to be in full force and effect.[1]


  • Amended on September 19, 1961.

Section 2

Text of Section 2:

Mining Regulations; Employment of Children under Fourteen

The legislature shall enact laws requiring the proper ventilation of mines, the construction and maintenance of escapement shafts or slopes, and the adoption and use of appliances necessary to protect the health and secure the safety of employees therein. No children under the age of fourteen years shall be employed in mines.

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