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Battle heats up between New Mexico, Colorado over chile license plate

Eddie Garcia
March 01, 2017 06:21 PM

A Colorado House representative from Pueblo is turning up the heat on a race to be the first state to create a chile themed license plate. New Mexico lawmakers are also considering one.

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Rep. Daneya Esgar of Pueblo, Colorado, is sponsoring House Bill 1012 which would create a special Pueblo chile license plate. In a statement to KOB-TV, she said: "As someone born and raised in chile country, I want to recognize that Pueblo chile is the superior chile. After I introduced a bill to create this license plate, New Mexico soon followed suit and I know that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Since then, they've turned this into a friendly race. But really, I know we're all more interested in a cook-off."

Esgar said she first introduced the bill earlier this year and then New Mexico followed suit. A New Mexico legislative panel is supporting House Bill 393 to create a special chile license plate - it's being backed by Rep. Cathrynn Brown of Carlsbad.
The race for the first chile-themed license plate continues to heat up.

Colorado just pulled ahead Wednesday after representative Esgar fast tracked the bill which is now going to the Colorado senate for consideration. At last report, New Mexico's chile license plate was still in committee, but it has been receiving strong support.

Will it be enough for New Mexico to pull ahead?

One good sign: Brown was so busy in committee today she wasn't able to even release a response. According to one of her aides, Brown printed up a mockup of the Colorado chile license plate and took it to the legislative floor to hopefully get lawmakers in gear.

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Eddie Garcia

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