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House committee tables driver’s license bill

January 29, 2013 • Local News

The House Labor and Human Resources committee voted 5-4 Tuesday to table a bill that would repeal the New Mexico law that allows driver’s licenses to be issued to undocumented immigrants.

Rep. Paul Pacheco, R-Albuquerque, sponsor of House Bill 132, said the bill would bring New Mexico in compliance with the REAL ID Act.

The act, created by the Department of Homeland Security, establishes “minimum requirements for the production and issuance of state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards” in an effort to reduce fraud and acts of terrorism.

Several states, including New Mexico, have been given more time to allow them to become Login to read more

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