- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The latest on New Mexico lawmakers’ REAL ID debate (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

The heated debate on making New Mexico in compliance with the federal REAL ID Act now moves to the Democratic-controlled Senate.

A Senate committee meeting on proposals has been scheduled for Tuesday. But the recently passed GOP-House bill faces an uncertain future.

Democrats say the Senate Public Affairs Committee also will discuss a proposal that would create a “two-tier” driver’s license system for state residents who want a REAL ID compliant license and for those who don’t.

That bill is different from the GOP-House proposal passed Wednesday largely along party lines. The plan would grant state driving privilege cards for immigrants - even those suspected of living in the country illegally.

Immigrant advocates say they will crowd all Senate hearings on both proposals.

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3 a.m.

The heated debate on making New Mexico in compliance with the federal REAL ID Act now moves to the Democratic-controlled Senate.

But no Senate committee meetings on any proposals have been scheduled as of Friday. And a recently passed GOP-House bill faces an uncertain future.

Senate Democrats say committee hearings will be scheduled soon on a proposal that would create a “two-tier” driver’s license system for state residents who want a REAL ID compliant license and for those who don’t.

That bill is different from the GOP-House proposal passed Wednesday largely along party lines. The plan would grant state driving privilege cards for immigrants - even those suspected of living in the country illegally.

Immigrant advocates say they will crowd all Senate hearings on proposals.

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