Senate to Take Up Immigrant License Bill

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BOSTON (State House News Service) — State senators plan to debate a bill next Thursday that would allow immigrants without legal status to apply for Massachusetts driver's licenses.

A version of the bill passed the House on a 120-36 vote in February. After earning an endorsement this week from the Senate Rules Committee, senators teed it up for a floor vote next Thursday, with amendments due Monday afternoon.

"Like I have said all along, actually for several years, I believe this is good for public safety and good for our economy," Senate President Karen Spilka said.

Gov. Charlie Baker has voiced concerns with the policy. The House passed it with a veto-proof majority. Eleven of the 39 other senators joined Spilka for a press conference Thursday afternoon.

Written by Katie Lannan/SHNS

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