I just saw Alvan Romero, a tax fraud investigator for the Taxation and Revenue Department, wandering the Senate hallway on the first floor.
On Tuesday night, Romero was one of the witnesses to appear with Rep. Andy Nunez, I-Hatch, at the Senate Judiciary Committee. Nunez, Romero and Romero’s boss, the state’s Tax and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla, were unable to persuade the majority of lawmakers on Senate Judiciary to keep the ban in Nunez’s bill, HB78. They removed it.
So it wasn’t a stretch to view Romero’s appearance in the Senate hallway today as confirmation that the drivers’ license bill is indeed going tonight on the Senate floor. Sen. Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, so far has been coy on whether the legislation will be heard tonight.
But Romero told me he was in the Capitol to figure out if he should stick around in case a debate should happen.
“I’m looking for a sign,” he said with a laugh.