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Commissioners plan to discuss opposition to state orders


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The Chaves County Board of Commissioners plans to consider actions during its regular monthly meeting on Thursday that oppose orders issued by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and her administration.

The meeting is scheduled to occur at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Chaves County Administrative Center, 1 St. Mary’s Place. It also will be livestreamed on www.facebook.com/ChavesCountyNM/.

Included on the agenda are a resolution to oppose Lujan Grisham’s “30×30” executive order and the ratification of a letter opposing a public health order requiring vaccinations for health care workers in the state.

The “30×30” order signed Aug. 25 establishes a committee of various state agency representatives to determine ways to conserve 30% of New Mexico lands by 2030, while managing another 20% as “climate stabilization zones.”

The order is similar to one passed by the Biden Administration in January 2021 that the Board of Commissioners voted to oppose earlier in the year. Lea County already has passed a resolution against the state order.

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The letter signed by the commissioners against a vaccination requirement for New Mexico health care workers was sent to Lujan Grisham on Aug. 24 following a rally held by Republican state senators and representatives. The vote by commissioners would make the letter an official action of the board.

The meeting also is planned to cover several other items, including a public hearing about a West Orchard Park Road resident seeking a variance to minimum lot size regulations and a vote to impose the property tax rates established by the state for governmental entities in Chaves County. County officials are required to use the tax rates established by the state, according to county documents.

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