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Immigrant licenses up for vote in Colo.

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DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers are considering a proposal to provide driver’s licenses for people who are in the country illegally.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected hear testimony and take a vote on the measure today.

Supporters of the bill say everyone would benefit if drivers who are currently unlicensed learn the rules of the road and get insurance. County sheriffs support the bill.

Republicans argue the bill goes too far and that state lawmakers should wait for action by the federal government.

New Mexico, Illinois, and Washington currently allow driver’s licenses for those illegally in the country. Utah grants immigrants a driving permit that can’t be used for identification.

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Online:

Senate Bill 251: http://goo.gl/1dL9C

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