Dem leader faults New Mexico governor for REAL ID 'panic'

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By Russell Contreras and Susan Montoya Bryan

Associated Press  January 8, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The latest developments on immigrant driver’s license debate in New Mexico (all times local):
4:10 p.m.

A New Mexico Democratic leader is faulting Gov. Susana Martinez for spreading “panic” over air travel uncertainty because of the federal REAL ID Act.

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez said Friday the Republican governor lied about New Mexico residents soon needing passports to board a commercial air flight and should have been working with lawmakers on a solution.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Friday that New Mexico passengers could continue using their current state IDs until Jan. 22, 2018.

After that, New Mexico residents would need a REAL ID compliance license or a passport to board a commercial flight unless lawmakers change state law.__

2:55 p.m.New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said state lawmakers still need a REAL ID fix despite a Homeland Security announcement that new air travel rules won’t start until 2018.
Martinez spokesman Mike Lonergan said Friday the federal government confirmed in its announcement that state residents will need passports for air travel unless Democrats agree to revise state law.
Her office says a New Mexico law that allows immigrants in the country illegally to obtain state driver’s licenses is partly responsible for New Mexico not being REAL ID compliant.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Friday that New Mexico passengers could continue using their current state IDs until Jan. 22, 2018.After that, New Mexico residents would need a REAL ID compliance license or a passport to board a commercial flight.___

2:40 p.m.The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s announcement to start air travel restrictions in 2018 comes as New Mexico lawmakers are debating a REAL ID fix.The department said Friday that New Mexico passengers could continue using their current state IDs until Jan. 22, 2018.
After that, New Mexico residents would need a REAL ID compliance license to board a commercial flight.
That announcement gives New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and state lawmakers breathing room amid worries federal officials could have announced air travel changes this year.
Leaders of the GOP-controlled House and the Democratic-led Senate are expected next week to begin work revising a state law that makes New Mexico REAL ID compliant.