“It’s time to take it to the people who are affected by a lack of accessibility [and] affordability in high quality early childhood education,” said Peggy Lopez with People for the Kids.

But it wasn’t enough to sway the panel, which voted 8-2 to table the constitutional amendment.

Four Democrats, including Smith and the committee’s four Republicans voted in favor of stalling the bill, leaving just Sen. Howie Morales, D-Silver City and Sen. Nancy Rodriguez, D-Santa Fe, opposed.

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