Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Commission Builds Framework for Urban County Charter.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Isabel Sanchez Journal Staff Writer

A step toward writing a charter for Bernalillo County's transformation into a home-rule government was taken Wednesday when the commission that was formed to write the document agreed on a preamble.

Its purpose, said County Manager Juan Vigil, is to "set the framework for what we hope to achieve with the charter itself."

The Urban County Charter Commission in its second meeting sliced phrases from one proposed version onto another after discussion about what a preamble and charter were all about.

A long version given to commissioners to consider contained the phrase "and to guarantee equal civil and political rights to all," which several commissioners said was redundant, since a preamble is more of a mission statement than a constitution conferring rights. …

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