Senate panel OK’s two-tiered driver’s license bill (Alb Jour)

Senate panel OK’s two-tiered driver’s license bill

The Senate Public Affairs Committee late Thursday approved the creation of a two-tiered driver’s license system that would allow those who are in the country illegally to continue to get licenses.

The legislation counters a bill backed by Gov. Susana Martinez – and passed by the House – that would ban the issuance of such licenses.

Senate Bill 653 passed the committee on a 5-3 vote, with Democrats voting for it and Republicans against.

It would have to clear two more committees before reaching the full Senate for a vote.

Supporters labeled it a “promising compromise” that would make New Mexico compliant with the federal REAL ID Act without stigmatizing immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally.

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