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 voters decide the issue with a referendum.
“We should let New Mexicans decide for themselves what they think,” Begaye told his fellow lawmakers.
“We cannot amend a joint resolution into this bill,” Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, asked the Legislative Council Service drafter.
A joint resolution is how the Legislature sends a question to the voters.
“No,” the drafter said.
Begaye’s motion just failed.