New Mexico has two measure concerning veterans on ballot

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June 11, 2010

SANTA FE, New Mexico: Two measures on the New Mexico November 2, 2010 general election ballot will have an effect on veterans in the state, in more ways than one. This year voters with decide on a measure that would allow resident tuition eligibility to be granted to veterans of U.S. armed forces in the state's higher education institutions. The measure, also know as Amendment 1 on this year's ballot, was sponsored by William Payne.

The second measure, Amendment 4, would allow voters to weigh in on whether to exempt veterans' organizations from property taxes in the state. The organizations, according to the proposal, would have to be chartered by the United States Congress, and would have be used only for veterans and their families.

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. However, New Mexico Legislature ended session on February 18, 2010, at which time legislature could not refer anymore measures to the ballot.

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