CONStitUtiONAl AMENdMENtS - New Mexico Legislature

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Revised July 25, 2012 constitutional amendments proposed in 2011 and 2012 ~ arguments for and against

brief analysis and arguments for and against the

Constitutional Amendments proposed by the legislature in 2011 and 2012

LCS

Brief Analysis and Arguments For and Against the

Constitutional Amendments Proposed by the Legislature in 2011 and 2012

Amendments Appearing on the November 6, 2012 General Election Ballot

New Mexico Legislative Council Service Revised July 25, 2012

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Prepared and Published by the New Mexico Legislative Council Service 411 State Capitol Santa Fe, NM 87501 July 2012 190078B Copies online at: http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legpub.aspx

Table of Contents Introduction General Information & Disclaimer ............................................................................................. 1

Proposed Amendments Constitutional Amendment No. 1 (H.J.R. 18, 2011) Increasing the membership of the Judicial Standards Commission from 11 to 13. Background and Information Regarding the Judicial Standards Commission and Proposed Constitutional Amendment 1 .......................................................................... 3 Brief Analysis of Proposed Constitutional Amendment 1 .................................................... 5 Arguments For the Amendment............................................................................................ 5 Arguments Against the Amendment ..................................................................................... 6 Constitutional Amendment No. 2 (H.J.R. 11, as amended, 2012) Allowing the Legislature to establish increased qualifications and continuing education for commissioners on the Public Regulation Commission. Background and Information Regarding the Public Regulation Commission and Proposed Constitutional Amendments 2, 3 & 4.............................................................. 9 Brief Analysis of Proposed Constitutional Amendment 2 .................................................. 13 Arguments For the Amendment.......................................................................................... 13 Arguments Against the Amendment ................................................................................... 15 Constitutional Amendment No. 3 (H.J.R. 16, 2012) Removing the duties to charter and regulate corporations from the Public Regulation Commission. Background and Information Regarding the Public Regulation Commission and Proposed Constitutional Amendments 2, 3 & 4 - see page 9 Brief Analysis of Proposed Constitutional Amendment 3 .................................................. 18 Arguments For the Amendment.......................................................................................... 18 Arguments Against the Amendment ................................................................................... 19 Constitutional Amendment No. 4 (H.J.R. 17, as amended, 2012) Removing the duty to regulate insurance companies and others engaged in risk assumption from the Public Regulation Commission. Background and Information Regarding the Public Regulation Commission and Proposed Constitutional Amendments 2, 3 & 4 - see page 9 Brief Analysis of Proposed Constitutional Amendment 4 .................................................. 21 Arguments For the Amendment.......................................................................................... 21 Arguments Against the Amendment ................................................................................... 24

Constitutional Amendment No. 5 (H.J.R. 26, as amended, 2012) Establishing the Public Defender Department as an independent state agency. Background and Information Regarding the Public Defender Departm