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About triptothecapitol

Trip Jennings is a Capitol reporter at the Santa Fe New Mexican.

Two reactions from opposite camps

“I’m disappointed,” Nunez said as a feet away Marcela Diaz and Elsa Lopez of Somos Un Pueblo Unido, an immigrants rights group, hugged each other. “It’ll come back because the governor wants it,” Nunez told TV reporters. “It’s important. Everybody … Continue reading

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Conference committee is over

The six lawmakers on the HB78 conference committee have just broken up without an agreement, which means New Mexico will continue to issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. “What the Senate came up with is going back to the status … Continue reading

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No agreement on drivers’ licenses

House and Senate representatives can’t reach agreement on motion by Rep. Andy Nunez, I-Hatch, to return to his bill, which would prohibit drivers licenses to illegal immigrants. Now conferees are discussing a motion by Rep. Ray Begaye, D-Shiprock, to have … Continue reading

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What about the Europeans in 1492?

“I wish we were discussing this in 1492,” Rep. Ray Begaye, D-Shiprock, just told the group. Begaye is a Navajo lawmaker. “Is that a bill number,” Sen. John Ryan, R-Albuquerque, cracked. Laughter. “Can I make that a friendly amendment,” Begaye … Continue reading

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More debate on HB78

Martinez asked if visas legal immigrants have to renew visas, then they also would have to renew their drivers’ licenses. “They would be required to come back in and renew the driver’s license,” the legislative council service drafter is saying. … Continue reading

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Questions of legal immigration status, and relatives of those here legally

House Majority Leader Ken Martinez said requiring social security numbers would create some pretty big issues at Los Alamos. “Two of the groups we were concerned with, scientists at our national labs and the German training folks at Alamogordo,” Martinez … Continue reading

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Conference committee on HB 78 starts

Rep. Andy Nunez, I-Hatch, has just asked the Senate members to retreat from the amendments added onto the bill by that chamber. Sen. John Ryan agreed with Nunez. Ryan said the Senate amendments deviate from requiring a social security number. … Continue reading

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Health care exchange bill clears Legislature, headed to governor

A bill that would create a New Mexico health care exchange is headed up to the desk of Gov. Susana Martinez. The Senate just concurred to amendments the House added. Sen. Dede Feldman, D-Albuquerque, and the sponsor of the legislation, … Continue reading

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Here are the House’s and Senate’s representatives

Rep. Andy Nunez, House Majority Leader Ken Martinez and Rep. Ray Begaye will be the House’s representatives in the conference committee on House bill 78. Sen. Peter Wirth, Sen. John Ryan and Sen. Howie Morales will be the Senate’s representatives.

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Driver’s license conference committee to meet in 30 minutes

House and Senate lawmakers will meet in Room 305 of the Capitol to hash out differences in House Bill 78, the bill that would have prohibited the state from giving state drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants.

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