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Immigrant licenses clear senate, to get first vote in Colorado House

11:35 AM, May 1, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER (AP) - Driver's licenses for immigrants living in Colorado illegally will be up for a first vote in a state House committee.

The proposal has already cleared the Senate on a party-line vote, with Republicans in opposition.

The bill would make Colorado one of a handful of states that allows driver's licenses for immigrants in the country without legal permission. Licenses would be labeled to say the immigrants are not legal residents, and the identification could not be used to board a plane, vote, or to obtain public benefits.

Supporters say immigrants already drive regardless of legal status and should learn the rules of the road and have insurance. But Republicans worry the bill will send a message that illegal immigration is permissible.

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