driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants

“Blast” moves driver’s license bill forward – Dem state rep says she didn’t flip-flop

By   /  March 6, 2013  /  Capitol Report, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog  /  No Comments

It involved some heated debate and even one House member who cast an accidental vote while another was put on the hot seat, as once again debate over granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants in New Mexico flared up in the Roundhouse.
A Republican-led attempt to “blast” a bill aimed at the repealing the law leap-frogged [...]

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Driver’s license bills tabled in committee … but could be back for a ‘blast’

By   /  January 29, 2013  /  New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

The arguments were much the same from both sides and the result — at least in committee — was the same: The latest incarnations of bills to rescind New Mexico’s law that grants driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants were tabled.
Late Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 29), all five of the Democrats on the House Labor and Human [...]

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A driver’s license compromise … from a Republican?

By   /  January 17, 2013  /  Capitol Report, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog  /  No Comments

For more than two years, New Mexico legislators have debated, argued and sometimes hollered over rescinding the state law granting driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants.
The bills haven’t gone anywhere but a potential compromise bill based on the driver’s license model used by Utah is getting prepared by two influential state senators, including a Republican leader [...]

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Battle lines drawn early on first day of NM Legislative session, Sanchez spars with Gov Martinez

By   /  January 15, 2013  /  Capitol Report, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog  /  No Comments

Well, any “era of good feelings” for this brand new 60-day legislative session didn’t last long.
A little more than a couple hours after new Speaker of the House W. Ken Martinez told his chamber, “if we disagree it should never be disagreeable” and about a half hour after Republican Gov. Susana Martinez spoke of “the [...]

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NM reaction to news that Illinois may grant driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants

By   /  November 21, 2012  /  Capitol Report, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog  /  No Comments

One New Mexico state lawmaker says if Illinois goes ahead with a proposal to grant driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants it should make sure Illinois has an accurate database while another has his own suggestion for lawmakers in the Land of Lincoln — don’t do it at all.
Illinois legislators — with some state Republicans joining [...]

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Easley and Miller racking up the miles in their race for the Roundhouse

By   /  November 1, 2012  /  Capitol Report, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog  /  No Comments

Democrat Stephen Easley and Republican Larry Miller are running a straightforward race in a House district that is geographically all over the map.
“The district is oddly shaped,” Miller said. “It’s a lot territory to cover.”
Easley agrees. “A lot of it boils down to a question of getting to know each other,” he said.
A reapportioned House [...]

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