Immigrant driver's license bill clears Colorado Senate, goes to Colorado House

DENVER - 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 argue the bill ensures everyone on the roads knows the rules and has car insurance.

Republican opponents worry the bill will send a message that illegal immigration is permissible.

Senate Bill 251: http://bit.ly/17Xt0JK