SANTA FE – If some lawmakers have their way, New Mexico voters will be busy in the November general election deciding a host of policy questions ranging from legalizing marijuana to raising the minimum wage.
The array of proposed constitutional amendments in the Legislature has Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and some lawmakers questioning whether the Constitution – a document defining fundamental law and rights in New Mexico – is being misused.
Constitutional amendments, unlike a bill to change statutory law, go straight to voters if approved by the Legislature. That provides a way to bypass the governor and a potential veto.
“I don’t want us to get into the process of saying, ‘OK, well, we think the governor won’t sign it, so let’s do a constitutional amendment,’ ” said Senate President Mary Kay Papen, D-Las Cruces.