Colorado House passes immigrant licenses bill with amendments

DENVER - Driver's licenses for immigrants living in Colorado illegally barely passed the state House.

The bill passed on a 34-31 vote, with three Democrats joining all Republicans voting no. Democrats sponsoring the bill say it would benefit everyone if all drivers know the rules of the road and are insured.

The licenses would be labeled to say they're not valid for federal identification, and can't be used to vote.

Lawmakers from both chambers must agree on amendments before final passage. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper has not indicated whether he will sign.

Oregon signed a similar measure into law last week. New Mexico, Illinois and Washington also allow driver's licenses for immigrants in the country illegally.

Republicans say they're concerned there's no way to verify with absolute certainty the immigrants' identities.