House Joint Resolution 9 (HJR9) Constitutional Amendment for an Independent Redistricting Commission passed House Government, Elections and Indian Affairs committee on February 9 on a 5-4 vote. The HJR is awaiting a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee but will likely not make it to the floor and then over to the Senate before the regular 30-day legislative session adjourns later this week.
RedistrictNM would like to thank Representative Natalie Figueroa (D-Bernalillo) and Representative Daymon Ely (D-Bernalillo & Sandoval) for sponsoring the legislation. We’d also like to thank Chairwoman Georgene Louis, Representatives Doreen Gallegos, Wonda Johnson and Kristina Ortez for voting to support fair districts in New Mexico. Our appreciation goes to Judge Roderick Kennedy, Jeremy Farris of the New Mexico State Ethics Commission and Heather Balas of the Election Reformers Network for their insights and testimonies at committee hearings.
“Given the lateness in the session and the heavy load of legislation remaining we don’t expect HJR9 to receive its next hearing which would have been House Judiciary,” said Fair Districts for New Mexico. “Our goals in this session were to get HJR9 passed in at least one committee and to get a read on what legislators liked and did not like in the resolution. With your help we accomplished those goals.”
RedistrictNM would also like to thank all our supporters, those who signed the petition and those who have followed us throughout this process. Updates will continue leading into the 2022 interim legislative committee meetings and the 2023 session.