Republicans, two Democrats and the only Independent in the NM state House voted by a tri-partisan margin of 36-34 to bring a bill that would ban driver's licenses for illegal immigrants that failed in committee to the House floor for debate and an up-or-down vote.

Governor Susana Martinez (the nation's first Hispanic female Governor in the US) had this to say concerning this unusual move on a bill that failed in committee called a "blast-out". This bill should be debated as early as 10 AM in the NM House of Representatives which you can listen to by clicking here.

For Immediate Release

March 3, 2011


SANTA FE – Governor Susana Martinez made the following statement after the New Mexico House of Representatives approved a “blast-out” motion to allow floor debate for a bill that would ban driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. The motion, led by Rep. Andy Nuñez (DTS-Hatch) was approved by a vote of 36-34. Rep. Dona Irwin (D-Deming) and Rep. Sandra Jeff (D-Crownpoint) broke ranks with the majority to approve the measure.

"Today, Republicans, Democrats, and the House's only Independent ensured that New Mexicans will get the up-or-down vote on a bill they have repeatedly demanded be passed,” said Governor Martinez. “I applaud House members, especially the two Democrats, who courageously stood up to Speaker Ben Lujan and stood with New Mexicans who want this dangerous law repealed."

By the way News Mexican voters polled last November showed a 72% approval for such a bill. For more on this see and how Susana Martinez approval rating is fairing amongst New Mexicans see Susana Martinez maintains outstanding approval numbers of New Mexico Governor after her first month in office according to PPP. and Democrat Speaker of the House in NM caught on the run over bill to stop Drivers Licenses for undocumented immigrants and Susana Martinez YouTube Channel: NM House debates Drivers Licenses for Illegal Immigrants

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