House committee keeps driver’s license bill bottled up

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A bill that would stop the widespread issuance of driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants remains bottled up in a legislative committee today after the members deadlocked on it.

The 9-9 tie vote on passing House Bill 606 leaves the measure stalled in the House Appropriations and Finance Committee.

The bill would create a two-tier system. It would allow citizens and legal immigrants to get licenses. A second tier of licenses also would be available to certain young  people who were brought to the United States illegally as children but whose deportation is being deferred.

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez supports the bill, but majority Democrats have been able to keep the House bill and a similar Senate version bottled up in committee with a week to go in the legislative session.