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Measure Details

Establishing the Public Defender Department as an Independent State Agency

New Mexico Ballot Measure - Constitutional Amendment 5

Election: Nov. 6, 2012 (General)
Outcome: Passed

Categories:
Constitution
Government Operations

Yes
404,132
(62.04%)

Argument For

No
247,241
(37.96%)

Argument Against

Summary

Constitutional Amendment 5 proposes to add a new section to Article 6 of the Constitution of New Mexico establishing the Public Defender Department ("Department") as an independent state agency, thereby removing the Department from its current location, where it is administratively attached to the Corrections Department. The amendment would remove the authority of the Governor to appoint the Chief Public Defender and, instead, create a Public Defender Commission empowered to appoint and provide administrative guidance to the Chief Public Defender and exercise oversight of the Department. Additionally, the amendment proposes to allow the Legislature to establish the term and qualification requirements for both the Chief Public Defender and the
members of the Public Defender Commission and to establish the manner in which the members of the commission would be appointed.

Measure Text

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 5
Proposing an amendment to Article 6 of the Constitution of New Mexico to add a new section that provides for the organization of an independent public defender department.

ENMIENDA CONSTITUCIONAL 5
Propone una enmienda al Artículo 6 de la Constitución de Nuevo Mexico para añadir una sección nueva que provea para la organización de un departamento de un defensor público independiente.

FOR / (A FAVOR)
AGAINST / (EN CONTRA)

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