New Mexico Senate panel approves two-tier driver’s license bill

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – A New Mexico Senate committee has approved a two-tier driver’s license bill, sending it on for a full Senate vote.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to approve the measure that calls for two distinct licenses, allowing people in the country illegally to still have driving privileges.

The bill by Republican Sen. Stuart Ingle of Portales and Democratic Sen. John Arthur Smith of Deming calls for one driver’s license that complies with federal requirements and another that does not.

The House last month rejected an amendment akin to the long-serving senators’ proposal and approved a bill to end the state’s practice of giving driver’s licenses to people even if they can’t prove they are in the country legally.

More than 100,000 licenses have been issued to foreign nationals since 2003.

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