SANTA FE ― March 15, the Senate endorsed House Bill 393 on a bipartisan 31 to 7 vote. House Bill 393 is Rep. Cathrynn Brown’s proposal to create a specialty chile license plate for New Mexico. The bill will now be sent to Gov. Susana Martinez for her signature.
The specialty license plate would be available to New Mexicans for a fee of thirty-five dollars. Twenty-five dollars of the fee will be used to fund educational programs at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. The museum will design the license plate with guidance provided by the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department.
“Red and green chile are mainstays of our cuisine and culture in New Mexico,” Brown said. “They occupy a truly special place in our hearts and on our dinner plates.”
Brown added, “The fact that New Mexico leads the nation in chile production is a source of pride for us. I hope Gov. Martinez will sign this bill this week so that plate design work can begin as soon as possible.”
Colorado is considering a rival chile license plate bill. It is still progressing through the Colorado Legislature’s committee process.