Under the bill, the Motor Vehicles Division would create two types of driver’s licenses. One class of license would comply with the federal Real ID Act, which requires stringent proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate or passport. The license would be good for as long as eight years.
The other type of license would require a foreign national to show proof of identity and proof that they have lived in New Mexico for at least six consecutive months and have completed a driver’s education course. These licenses would expire after one year. Applicants couldn't use as proof of identity a driver’s license from another state that isn't intended for identification purposes.
Undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children and qualify for “Deferred Action Childhood Arrival” status under an executive order issued by President Barack Obama would be allowed to apply for the non-Real ID license.
Marcela Diaz, director of the immigrant organization Somos Un Pueblo Unido, said Martinez was not compromising but advocating something that would give DREAMers less than they have now.
“The bill creates a driving certificate for people who are lawfully present,” Diaz said. “She cannot disallow documented immigrants from getting a license.”
Rehm even wanted to amend the bill to release information about those in New Mexico’s medical marijuana program. He said marijuana is still an illegal drug in the eyes of the federal government, and those using the drug should be flagged on background checks for firearms.Democrats called Rehm's amendment "ludicrous," "insulting," and "unconstitutional."
Although all school districts would have the option it is likely larger districts such as Albuquerque schools with 88,724 enrolled students and Las Cruces with 24,663 would be the ones to design their own police force.
"It would be similar to what is done on an university level," Neville said. "They have their own departments. It would be the same concept but different environment and problems."
A recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report identified ConocoPhillips' San Juan Basin operations as one of the highest producers of greenhouse-gas emissions in the nation.
The San Juan Basin operations were ranked as the second-most prolific greenhouse-gas polluter in the nation among onshore oil and gas systems. The company's basin operations pumped out 5.57 million metric tons of "carbon-dioxide equivalent" in 2011, the EPA reported.
The idea of night racing, which surfaced at a New Mexico Racing Commission meeting last month, has taken neighborhoods adjacent to the state-owned Expo New Mexico fairgrounds by surprise. And many are not happy.
Well, here’s another jobs idea that’s right under our noses. It’s the training of the thousands of health care workers needed as a result of Obamacare and the state’s decision to expand Medicaid to include over 100,000 new patients. Who’s going to take care of these people? We are now desperately short of primary care doctors, nurses, and dentists. 32 out of our 33 counties are health professional shortage areas. New Mexico needs to mount a massive effort to train less expensive mid-level providers like dental therapists, nurse practioners, and community health workers to breach the gap. The pay-off will be good new jobs in every corner of the state—and, ultimately, less costly, and more responsive health care for everyone.
One billion women will experience violence in their lifetimes. In Santa Fe and around the world, they're rising up for change.
The next Albuquerque Mayor's race will not be funded legally by public financing or candidate fund raising within legal limits as envisioned by the city charter. No, it will be overwhelmed by right wing political committees spawned by corporate America and right wing nut cases. Among them will be Governor Martinez's rabid political advisors. All of this enabled by the US Supreme Court's decision to let corporations be recognized as persons.
Obama on immigration reform - but are Susanna and RJ listening in New Mexico?It's time to move on and start creating jobs in New Mexico!— Marty Chavez (@MartyChavez) February 13, 2013
“It’s just been so dry, I don’t know how to fix dry,” said Curry County Commissioner Wendell Bostwick, who attended and spoke at the hearing in Roswell. “I don’t think that the studies that they’ve done so far have really taken into consideration the drought. You can correlate those two (the decline of the bird population and the drought) very closely together.”
Miyagishima said Las Cruces is strong, and backed that up with examples that brought applause from residents and other city officials gathered for the mayor's annual assessment of the city and city government. The city's cash reserves total $7.1 million, twice the amount the city is required by state government to maintain.