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Connecticut the Latest State to Allow Driver's Licenses for Immigrants

With comprehensive immigration reform continuing its arduous path through Congress, states continue to work on their own tracks, passing reasonable, humane, and economically beneficial immigration policies. In addition to measures like tuition equity, this includes bills that allow undocumented immigrants access to driver's licenses. This week, Connecticut became the latest state to pass such a bill, while California saw bipartisan support emerge for theirs -- yet more evidence of how the politics around immigration reform may be shifting:

A bill to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses passed both houses of Connecticut's legislature and is headed to the governor's desk. [CT News Junkie]

Video of Connecticut State Rep. Juan Candelaria introducing the legislation. [CT House Democrats]

California's driver's license bill passed the state Assembly this week, and could affect two million people in the state. [AP]

"Today is the first time in history that this measure has received bipartisan support on the Assembly Floor." -- California State Assemblymember Luis Alejo, sponsor of the bill. [Gilroy Patch]

A driver's license bill also advanced this week in Nevada. [Las Vegas Sun]

Bills have also passed in 2013 in Vermont and Colorado, and have been signed into law in Oregon, Illinois, and Maryland. [Wall Street Journal]
 

(This article originally appeared in the Stateside Dispatch, Progressive States Network's email roundup of the latest state policy news. Read the full Dispatch from May 31, 2013 here or sign up to receive the Dispatch in your inbox here.)