Rep. Garcia Richard Aims To Tackle REAL ID & Economic Development

House Minority Floor Leader Brian Egolf and Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard at Tuesday’s opening of the 2016 30-day session. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


SANTA FE – Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, has announced five important pieces of legislation she pre-filed for the 2016 legislative session.

Garcia Richard bills include:

  • Expanding access to economic development projects;
  • Fixing New Mexico’s REAL ID problem;
  • Refining county employee salary structure;
  • Increasing educational opportunities for veterans and their families; and
  • Strengthening New Mexico’s DWI laws.

“This session is vital because we must continue the fight to increase funding to our public schools and support critical infrastructure improvement projects,” Garcia Richard said. “In addition, my own priorities for District 43 are that we take significant steps to end DWI and close the harmful loopholes in our breathalyzer laws and ensure REAL ID compliance by January 2018. New Mexicans deserve a fix to this issue and I am proud to sponsor the only bill that truly removes partisan politics and ensures continued public safety.”

House Bill 17: Veteran Definition For Tuition – Expands the scope of those veterans and family members who can take advantage of resident tuition at New Mexico’s public universities and colleges.

House Bill 18: County Employee Salary Structure – Sets salary limits for individuals elected to serve full-time and part-time at the county level; including raising the salary of the county clerk position to reflect it’s true full-time nature.

House Bill 74: DWI Test, Penalties & License Revocation – Closes the breathalyzer loophole plaguing New Mexico DWI enforcement laws, establishes a sobriety monitoring program for individuals who receive a DWI but do not own a car and increases the amount of time a defendant has an interlock device according to their blood alcohol level.

House Bill 94: REAL ID Card – Allows the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division to issue a REAL ID compliant identification card to applicants that meet the requirements of the Federal REAL ID Act of 2005. The proposal would provide for, but not require, citizens to obtain REAL ID compliant identification. New, REAL ID compliant identification cards would be distinguishable from other, non-REAL ID compliant licenses and identification cards.

House Bill 139: Local Economic Development Act Projects – Expands the number of communities that may participate in local economic development projects, such as Los Alamos, by granting additional flexibility to the local community.