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 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.


About triptothecapitol

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