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New Mexico panel backs special chile pepper license plate

With red and green chile saturating nearly every facet of life in New Mexico, a legislative panel on Thursday put its support behind a measure that calls for the creation of a special license plate adorned with the hot peppers.

The House Transportation and Public Works Committee gave a favorable recommendation to the legislation sponsored by Republican Rep. Cathrynn Brown of Carlsbad.

Brown told fellow lawmakers that most New Mexicans can't go a day without enjoying chile and a new license plate would help to recognize the popular peppers and their connection to New Mexico's culture and history.

"Chile is an iconic product of New Mexico," she said....

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