BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses in Massachusetts has received approval from the Transportation Committee.
The Work and Family Mobility Act moved out of the committee for the first time on Wednesday. Mayor Marty Walsh, one of the supporters of the bill, said he was pleased with the progress.
On Nightside with Dan Rea, Mayor Walsh said the bill could have a positive effect on driver safety.
"To understand the rules of the road, they have to pass the same test that everyone else does," Walsh said. "There is a public safety piece to this."
Meanwhile, there have been rallies from activists in support of the bill all week. On Monday, demonstrators said they would stage a hunger strike in hopes of moving the bill forward out of the Transportation Committee.
Several other states, including California, New York, and Connecticut, have passed similar laws.
WBZ NewsRadio's Jim MacKay (@JimMacKayOnAir) reports
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