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The Doña Ana County Commission voted unanimously at its July 13 meeting to adopt a proclamation in support of Green Amendments for the Generations, a nonprofit established in 2019 to support constitutional environmental rights amendments in states and nationally.
The proclamation passed by the commission states that the Green Amendment movement “seeks to ensure that all people have access to pure water, clean air, a stable climate and a healthy environment.”
“The health of our communities is dire,” state Sen. Carrie Hamblen, D-Doña Ana, said at the meeting, as she spoke in support of the commission adopting the proclamation. Hamblen is also president and CEO of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to supporting Green Amendments, Hamblen said the commission should have “a plan for action and resolution” to protect air, land and water quality and for the transition from extractive industries to green industries.
“The state’s come a long way, especially over the last year,” Commission Chair Manuel Sanchez said.
At the July 13 meeting, the commission also unanimously adopted a resolution that adds two additional voting convenience centers for the 2022 and 2023 elections in Doña Ana County. In addition to the 40 convenience centers that now exist, the commission added locations at Loma Heights Elementary School, 1600 E. Madrid Ave., and Highland Elementary School, 4201 Emerald St.
County Bureau of Elections Supervisor Andy Perez said the additional voting locations are needed to reduce waiting time to vote at existing convenience centers.
The commission also unanimously adopted a resolution adding 19 precincts in the county, effective Jan. 1, 2022. Perez said the additional precincts, which will bring the county’s total to 189, are based on the turnout at the past two local elections.
County Clerk Amanda Lopez Askin said the 2020 Census data, which her office is waiting to receive, may add a few more precincts.