Immigrant licenses advance in Colo. House panel

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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DENVER (AP) -- Driver's licenses for immigrants living in Colorado illegally advanced in a state House committee as the idea gains traction around the country.

Democrats pushing the bill argue it's a matter of public safety for everyone on the roads to know the rules and be insured. The bill cleared a House committee Wednesday on a 7-4 party-line vote with Republicans opposed.

The full House still needs to consider the bill.

Republicans say they're concerned there's no way to verify with certainty that the people getting the licenses are who they claim to be.

The proposal has already cleared the Senate.

New Mexico, Illinois and Washington state already allow driver's licenses for immigrants in the country illegally, and Oregon signed a proposal into law Wednesday. Connecticut is also advancing a similar bill.

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