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HOUSE NEWCOMER Freshman lawmaker in the fire: Garcia Richard takes heat from both sides over license bill

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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 12:00 am

For many Roundhouse regulars, whether New Mexico would stop issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants wasn’t a major question during this year’s legislative session. Even the advocates on both sides of the issue privately seemed to acknowledge the votes weren’t there to repeal the current law.

But for one freshman lawmaker, dealing with the issue has been an intense experience. Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, who campaigned in favor of repeal last year while wresting away a legislative seat long held by Republicans, found herself pressured by fellow Democrats and skewered by Republicans over her votes.

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