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First News: A special drivers license for foreign nationals has been proposed (listen)
(2012-01-25)
(KSFR) - A Democratic lawmaker from Albuquerque has introduced legislation that he says could be a way to solve the question of drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants. Rep. Bill O'Neil says a provisional license could be used only in New Mexico and not in other states. He says it would preserve the intent of the existing law by enabling drivers to get auto insurance and have some form of identification.

Meanwhile, immigrant rights groups rallied outside the Roundhouse yesterday in support of keeping the current license law. They contend that efforts to prevent undocumented immigrants from having a drivers' license is racist.

Actor Val Kilmer faces a lawsuit from two Santa Fe Realtors who complain they were cheated out of their commissions on the sale of his ranch near Rowe. The property was originally listed for $33 million but eventually sold for just over $18 million. Robert Jacobs and Pam Sawyer say they signed a listing agreement last year. But they say they got no commission when the sale was made.

Representative Brian Egolf of Santa Fe has introduced a bill in the state house providing a sliding scale of tax credits for new homebuyers purchasing homes utilizing energy reduction targets. It's intended to increase new home sales and renovations to boost the housing market. The amount of the tax credits or rebates would increase according to a home's energy efficiency rating, topping out at $8,000 for a zero-net energy structure. The measure would sunset after two years.

A term limits proposal moving through a state house panel on Tuesday has been sidelined. The republican-backed measure would have limited lawmakers to a maximum 12 years in the legislature and taken away the House Speaker's power to name committee chairs and members. Today's Albuquerque Journal reports that Democratic votes against the proposal outnumbered those in favor from the House Voters & Elections Committee. With the matter tabled, further action is unlikely.

A federal jury has awarded a Dona Ana County man $22 million for the way he was treated in a county jail. The man claims he was put in jail on a DWI charge and then completely forgotten for two years. KOB-TV reports it's the nation's largest civil rights award to a prisoner. The man says he never saw a judge and didn't get the medical care he requested. County officials have made no comment.

The Santa Fe County sheriff's manhunt for 54 year old Arthur Anaya continues. He's the suspected shooter responsible for the deaths of two Santa Feans in what appears to have been an altercation over back rent due to Anaya. The shootings took place Monday on Paseo Galisteo at a home owned by the suspect. A 16 year old boy died at the scene and a woman seriously injured died Tuesday at Christus St. Vincent Hospital. Anaya is considered armed and dangerous, having a lengthy, violent criminal record and known to suffer from mental problems.

Weather for Santa Fe - look for mostly sunny and dry skies today through Friday with highs ranging from the mid 40s rise to the low 50s. A slight chance for snowshowers arrives Friday night and may persist into Saturday.
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