Driver’s license battle heads to pre-session deadline

Late in December, legislators and the governor received an early Christmas present: Democratic members of the congressional delegation said that there was still time for New Mexico to receive a REAL ID waiver. All they would have to do is make an agreement with the governor by January 10. After radio silence during the holidays, Democratic leadership in both chambers released a letter to Gov. Susana Martinez and Speaker of the House Don Tripp asking them to come to an agreement on the driver’s license issue. “Despite our past differences, we are confident that we can reach an agreement on REAL ID,” the letter said. “If we are successful, New Mexico will receive an extension of the waiver of the REAL ID requirements for one more year, more than enough time for us to resolve this policy once and for all.”

The letter was was signed by Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen, Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez and House Minority Leader Brian Egolf.