7:57 am
Wed September 7, 2011

NM Legislature Focuses On Redistricting In Session

New Mexico – SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) The New Mexico Legislature is focusing on the politically charged task of redistricting, which will influence elections and public policy in New Mexico for the next decade.

As lawmakers returned for a special session Tuesday, House and Senate Democratic leaders said redistricting was their top priority. But Republican Gov. Susana Martinez also wants the Legislature to consider 10 proposals besides drawing new boundaries of congressional, legislative and other elective office districts.

Included on the governor's agenda were several potentially thorny issues, including overturning a 2003 law allowing driver's licenses for illegal immigrants.

The immigrant license proposal sparked competing demonstrations on opposite sides of the Capitol in Santa Fe. Immigrant rights supporters and tea party activists staged separate rallies.

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