SANTA FE – Tonight, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 393, legislation to create a specialty chile license plate. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R-Eddy) and it now moves to the Senate for consideration.
The specialty license plate would be available to New Mexicans for a fee of $35, with $25 of the fee directed to fund educational programs at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. The museum would also be tasked with designing the license plate with guidance provided by the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department.
Noting that the Colorado Legislature is considering a rival chile license plate bill, Rep. Nathan Small (D-Doña Ana) offered a floor amendment to apply the emergency clause to the bill in an effort to ensure New Mexico wins the race to create a chile license plate.
“Given the special role chile plays in our state’s cultural heritage, I believe the chile license plate properly belongs on New Mexico’s vehicles,” Brown said. “Whether you have a taste for Chimayo Red or Hatch Green, New Mexico is proud of our chile, and this specialty plate will allow us to celebrate this wonderful part of New Mexico’s identity to the world.”