House Votes Against Senate Driver's License Bill

New Mexico – The House is refusing to go along with a Senate-passed measure allowing New Mexico to continue granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

The decision by the House on Tuesday likely means no agreement on licensing changes during the legislative session despite Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's push to stop the practice.

The House voted earlier this month to end licenses for illegal immigrants. However, the Senate gutted the House proposal last week, keeping the immigrant licensing system but establishing tougher penalties for fraudulently trying to obtain a driver's license.

The House voted 40-30 on Tuesday against the Senate-passed version, which would require immigrants to renew their licenses every two years and be fingerprinted when they apply for a license.

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