Santa Fe, NM – This evening, both the House of Representatives and the Senate unanimously approved House Joint Resolution 8, a proposal to amend the state's constitution to establish an independent ethics commission for New Mexico.
Earlier in the day, representatives from both chambers met in a joint conference committee to resolve differences between the House and Senate-passed versions of HJR 8. The committee agreed on a selection process for commissioners to provide for the independence of the commission. The final proposal will now be put on the 2018 general election ballot for voter approval.
"I am pleased that the voters of New Mexico will have an opportunity to decide on the creation of an independent ethics commission," said Rep. Jim Dines (R-Bernalillo), the main sponsor of the resolution. "I've been very encouraged by the discussion this resolution has sparked, and I thank everyone who participated in the process to bring this resolution to the voters."
HJR 8 is co-sponsored by a bipartisan coalition of legislators including Sen. Jeff Steinborn (D-Doña Ana), Rep. Nathan Small (D-Doña Ana), Rep. Bill McCamley (D-Doña Ana), Rep. Daymon Ely (D-Bernalillo and Sandoval), Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R-Eddy), Rep. Rod Montoya (R-San Juan), Rep. Bill Rehm (R-Bernalillo) and Rep. Rick Little (R-Doña Ana and Otero).