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House panel amends early childhood proposal

The state Capitol in November. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

SANTA FE — A revised version of the proposal to amend the state Constitution to boost funding for early childhood education programs is moving through the state House.

The legislation, following an amendment Wednesday, no longer states that it’s contingent on congressional approval.

Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, an Albuquerque Democrat and co-sponsor of the proposal, said it isn’t necessary for Congress to approve increasing the annual distribution out of the Land Grant Permanent Fund by 1 percentage point, from 5% to 6%.

The proposal would still have to be approved by voters in a statewide election.

The legislation, House Joint Resolution 1, passed the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee on a 6-4 vote along party lines, with Democrats in favor. The proposal goes next to the House Education Committee.

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