Red or Green? New chile license plates could be coming to NM

LAS CRUCES, NM (KTSM) - A chile license plate for New Mexico is headed to Governor Susan Martinez's desk for her signature.

The specialty license plate would be available to new Mexicans for $35. A portion of that, $25, would be used to fund educational programs at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. The museum will design the license plate with guidance provided by the New Mexico Voter Vehicle Department.

The NM Farm & Ranch Museum has concept renderings of what the license plates could look like. The designs were created by Rafael Torres, the Farm & Ranch Museum's exhibits designer. The designs have not been finalized.

"Red and green chile are mainstays of our cuisine and culture in New Mexico," State Rep. Cathrynn Brown said. "They occupy a truly special place in our hearts and on our dinner plates."

Brown says she's hoping the Governor will sign the bill soon.

"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 being as soon as possible," Brown said.

The New Mexico Senate endorsed House Bill 393 on a bipartisan 31 to 7 vote earlier this week.

Colorado is considering a rival child license plate bill. It is still progressing through the Colorado Legislature's committee process.

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