ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s office says she won’t call a special legislative session to fix the state’s noncompliance with the federal REAL ID Act.
Martinez spokesman Michael Lonergan says the governor has already tried five times to repeal a New Mexico law that gives driver’s licenses to immigrants regardless of legal status. However, Lonergan says Senate Democrats have blocked those bipartisan attempts.
Lonergan says Martinez wants an up and down vote on her proposal that will put the state in compliance with the REAL ID law.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently denied New Mexico an extension from tougher federal requirements on state driver’s licenses.
The decision means New Mexico driver’s licenses and IDs won’t be valid for federal purposes, including, eventually, boarding commercial aircraft next year.