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. Without that, we don’t get to an agreement, at least one that I can support, he said.

Sen. Howie Morales, D-Silver City, said concerns about national security were raised by critics of the state’s current policy of giving licenses to illegal immigrants.

“I believe the amendments put in the Senate put to rest some of the concerns about national security,” Morales said.

Those amendments strengthened requirements for a proof of residency, stricter penalties for those who get licenses fraudulently or help individuals get them fraudulently and added fingerprinting.

“The amendments place in the Senate chambers do meet the requirements of national security,” Morales said.

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About triptothecapitol

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