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File #: M-22-4   
Type: Memorial Status: In Council - Final Action
File created: 8/15/2022 In control: City Council
Final action:
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Consideration Of An Exemption For The City Of Albuquerque From New Mexico State Statute 3-12-1.1, Which Requires City Council Districts To Be Contiguous (Pe?a)
Attachments: 1. M-4
Date Action ByActionResultAction Details
9/19/2022 City Council Accepted with a Recommendation Do Pass  Action details
9/12/2022 Finance & Government Operations Committee Sent to Council with a recommendation of Do PassPass Action details
8/15/2022 City Council Introduced  Action details
8/15/2022 President Referred  Action details
CITY of ALBUQUERQUE
TWENTY FIFTH COUNCIL


COUNCIL BILL NO. M-22-4 ENACTMENT NO. ________________________

SPONSORED BY: Klarissa Pe?a


MEMORIAL
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Consideration Of An Exemption For The City Of Albuquerque From New Mexico State Statute 3-12-1.1, Which Requires City Council Districts To Be Contiguous (Pe?a)
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WHEREAS, New Mexico State Statute, NMSA 1978, ? 3-12-1.1 requires in part that "members of governing bodies, excluding mayors, of municipalities having a population in excess of ten thousand shall reside in and be elected from single-member districts... Such districts shall be compact and contiguous and composed of populations as nearly equal as practicable"; and
WHEREAS, the National Conference of State Legislatures defines of contiguity as "All parts of a district being connected at some point with the rest of the district"; and
WHEREAS, in the 2020 Census, Albuquerque has a population of 564,550 residents; and
WHEREAS, the City Charter established nine City Council districts for Albuquerque; and
WHEREAS, the Rio Grande runs north/south through the middle of city, and bisects the municipal footprint with only a relatively narrow connection across the two sides; and
WHEREAS, the east-west division is heightened by the few number of Council districts that cross the river; and
WHEREAS, Albuquerque has a unique geography and could benefit from City Council districts that are compact, and meet other traditional principles of redistricting, but the contiguity requirement can be overly burdensome and may not be in the best interest of the City given its unique geographic footprint.
BE IT MEMORIALIZED BY THE COUNCIL, THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE:
Section 1. The Albuquerque City Council supports the consideration of an exemption to New Mexico State Statute 3-12-1.1 to exempt City Council Districts in Albuquerque from being required to be "contiguous".
Section 2. The City Cler...

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