On Friday, the House Judiciary Committee met to consider H.J.R. 2, a radical enviro-Marxist piece of legislation that would give a constitutional right to “clean and healthy air, water, soil and environment; a stable climate; and self-sustaining ecosystems, for the benefit of public health, safety and general welfare.” It is sponsored by Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Doña Ana) and Sen. Antoinette Sedillo-Lopez (D-Bernalillo).
The generic and subjective terms encompassed in the bill would open up private entities, state agencies, and local governments to costly litigation, as seen in other states that have enacted similar resolutions, such as Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts.
During the short 30-minute testimony period allowed by Chair Gail Chasey (D-Bernalillo), multiple industries spoke out against the radical proposal. One expert from UNM Law School shared that “Small companies and small businesses might be injured as well” as governments from the bill — harming the little guy.
The Committee ultimately voted 9-3 to table the extreme proposal — making it the second year in a row it has failed. The Piñon Post organized New Mexicans in both years against the resolution.
Rep. Eliseo Alcon (D-Milan) “regretfully” moved to table H.J.R. 2, with Rep Nibert (R-Roswell) seconding his motion. Those who voted to table the bill included Reps. Alcon, Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos), Zach Cook (R-Lincoln), Brain Egolf (D-Santa Fe), Ely (D-Corrales), Nibert, Bill Rehm (R-Bernalillo), Jim Townsend (R-Artesia), and Michaela Lara Cadena (D-Doña Ana).
Reps. Matthew McQueen (D-Santa Fe), Chasey, and Rep. Deborah Armstrong (D-Bernalillo) all voted against tabling the bill. With just a little over one week left in the legislature, H.J.R. 2 is effectively dead, as it would still need to be resurrected in the House Judiciary Committee, face three hours of debate and scrutiny for final passage on the House floor, survive at least one committee in the Senate, and then face final passage — a nearly impossible task at this late date.