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SANTA FE – Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver this week rejected petitions aimed at overturning seven New Mexico laws, ranging from the creation of Indigenous Peoples’ Day to a ban on coyote-killing contests.
In each case, Toulouse Oliver – a Democrat and the state’s chief election officer – said she couldn’t authorize the collection of petition signatures because of technical problems with the paperwork, legal barriers or both.
Five of the proposed petitions, she said, are barred by the state Constitution’s prohibition on repealing laws that were enacted for “public peace, health or safety.”
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