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New Mexico Term Limit Increase (2010)

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The New Mexico Term Limit Increase did not appear on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the state of New Mexico. The measure would have allowed officials in state counties to run for three consecutive terms, whereas current law allows for only two consecutive terms. Each term for county officials, including sheriffs, clerks and commissioners, is four years. The measure was introduced by Senator Pete Campos.

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.[1]

Constitutional changes

If enacted by New Mexico voters, the measure would have amended Article 10, Section 2 of the New Mexico Constitution to read as follows:[2]

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.

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