New Mexico Term Limit Increase (2010)
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The measure was passed by the New Mexico Senate on February 13, 2010 with a vote of 27-14, leaving the New Mexico House of Representatives to vote on the measure. If the House approved the measure by a two-thirds vote, the proposal would have been sent to the November ballot. Legislative session ended without the measure being sent to the ballot.
- A. In every county all elected officials shall serve four-year terms, subject to the provisions of Subsection B of this section.
- B. In those counties that prior to 1992 have not had four-year terms for elected officials, the assessor, sheriff and probate judge shall be elected to four-year terms and the treasurer and clerk shall be elected to two-year terms in the first election following the adoption of this amendment. In subsequent elections, the treasurer and clerk shall be elected to four-year terms.
- C. To provide for staggered county commission terms, in counties with three county commissioners, the terms of no more than two commissioners shall expire in the same year; and in counties with five county commissioners, the terms of no more than three commissioners shall expire in the same year.
- D. All county officers, after having served [two] three consecutive four-year terms, shall be ineligible to hold any county office for two years thereafter.
Path to the ballot
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.