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Apr 24, 2013 3:03 PM by Patricia Collier

Immigrant driver's licenses up for debate in Colorado

DENVER (AP) - Whether to allow driver's licenses for people in the country illegally is expected to be debated in the Colorado Senate.
The Democrat-sponsored bill would make Colorado one of a handful of states that currently allow the practice. Proponents of the legislation say it would be to everyone's benefit if every driver knew the rules of the road and was insured.
The bill is scheduled for debate and initial vote by the full Senate Wednesday afternoon.
New Mexico, Illinois and Washington allow driver's licenses for those illegally in the country. Utah grants immigrants a driving permit that can't be used for identification.
Republicans who oppose the bill say it goes too far and that lawmakers should wait for action from the federal government on changes to the nation's immigration laws.

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