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Tue November 6, 2012
NM voters to decide amendments, GO bonds
The fate of five constitutional amendments and more than $140 million dollars in general obligation bonds will be decided by New Mexico voters on Tuesday.
Three of the amendments deal with reforming the Public Regulation Commission, one of the most powerful, highest paid and most scandal-plagued commissions in the state.
One proposal would allow lawmakers to adopt minimum standards for PRC candidates. The others would streamline the panel's duties and move some responsibilities to the secretary of state.
The other amendments call for creating an independent public defender's office and adding two members to the state Judicial Standard Commission.
Backed by property taxes, the general obligation bonds include $120 million for higher education spending, $9.8 million for libraries and more than $10 million for senior citizen center improvements around the state.