January 28, 2016

GOP-controlled NM House passes REAL ID bill- Las Cruces Sun News

A Republican-sponsored bill aimed at putting New Mexico in compliance with the federal REAL ID Act passed in the House on Wednesday despite objections from immigrant advocates and an uncertain future in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

The proposal was approved by a largely 39-30 party vote after moving through two committees in the first week of the 30-day legislative session, highlighting anxieties lawmakers have about the future of the state's driver's licenses.

Under the proposal sponsored by Republican Albuquerque Rep. Paul Pacheco, New Mexico would begin to issue REAL ID-compliant licenses and end the practice of granting state driver's licenses to immigrants in the country illegally. Instead, the bill would allow such immigrants to obtain "driver's permit cards." -- 1/28/2016


Bill to cut taxes for oil, gas clears hurdleLas Cruces Sun News

House Bill 107 that would offer a tax break to what one lawmaker calls the "little guys" of the oil and gas industry cleared its first hurdle Wednesday when the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee voted 6-5 in favor of it, with Republicans saying the measure could help save small wells and environmentalists decrying it as a bailout. The bill proposes cuts to some state taxes for aging wells that generate under 10 barrels of oil per day. -- 1/28/2016