On a 5-4, party-line vote, the House Labor and Human Resources Committee rejected Rep. Andy Nuñez’s bill that would repeal a law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses this afternoon, passing instead a committee substitute that would amend the law in an attempt to address its flaws.
That means the committee substitute for HB 103 will move forward, but Nuñez has also promised to try to bypass the committee process if necessary, as he did last year, to get a floor vote on his version of the legislation.
The substitute bill the committee passed would, according to its title, limit the duration of some licenses, cancel some others, and require “additional identification and proof of residency for foreign nationals,” in addition to increasing penalties for violations.
NMPolitics.net liveblogged the committee hearing today. You can read the archive here.