New Mexico Senate panel to hear new REAL ID bill


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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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