New Mexico Senate panel to hear new REAL ID bill

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SANTA FE (KRQE) – A New Mexico Senate committee will take up a new compromise bill aimed at making New Mexico compliant under the federal REAL ID act.

Senate Majority Leader spokesman Jim Farrell told The Associated Press that the Senate Public Affairs Committee added the bipartisan proposal to the agenda on Tuesday, and will debate it along with four other bills.

The proposal introduced by Democratic Sen. John Arthur Smith and Republican Sen. Stuart Ingle combines elements of dueling Democratic and Republicans plans.

The bill would allow all New Mexico residents to apply for REAL ID compliant licenses or obtain a “driver’s permit card.” Under the proposal, immigrants in the country illegally would be allowed to apply for the permit card but could no longer get a New Mexico driver’s license.

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