BOSTON (AP) — A invoice that may permit immigrants within the nation illegally to acquire state driver’s licenses in Massachusetts was accepted by the Massachusetts House on Wednesday over the veto of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.
The 119-36 vote means the invoice now heads to the Massachusetts Senate, which might additionally vote to override Baker’s veto as early as Thursday.
If the Senate can muster the wanted two-thirds majority in favor of the proposal, as anticipated, the invoice will turn out to be regulation regardless of Baker’s objections. Democrats have overwhelming majorities in each chambers.
Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have already got comparable legal guidelines.
Baker has lengthy opposed the thought of permitting these within the nation illegally to acquire driver’s licenses, saying it could require the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles to challenge state credentials to individuals with out the power to confirm their id.
“Consequently, a standard Massachusetts driver’s license will no longer confirm that a person is who they say they are,” he added in a letter to lawmakers final month explaining his veto,
Both chambers had initially handed the measure by margins vast sufficient to override a Baker veto.
Under the proposal, these within the nation illegally might apply for a driver’s license if they’ll present the Registry of Motor Vehicles with a overseas passport or consular identification doc.
The individuals would even have to offer one in all 5 extra paperwork: a driver’s license from one other U.S. state or territory; a start certificates; a overseas nationwide identification card; a overseas driver’s license; or a wedding certificates or divorce decree from any U.S. state or territory.
Supporters of the invoice, together with Democratic Sen. President Karen Spilka, say the measure would make driving safer in Massachusetts by requiring immigrants present they’ll correctly function a automobile and that they’ve obtained the wanted insurance coverage within the occasion of an accident.
“We are a nation of immigrants, and our Commonwealth continues to be profoundly and positively shaped by immigrants from all over the world,” Spilka stated in a written assertion final month after the invoice handed the Senate and earlier than Baker’s veto. “They deserve to be able to safely get to work and school, care for their families and participate in the lives of their communities.”
Baker stated the invoice would additionally restricts the registry’s potential to share citizenship info with entities chargeable for making certain that solely residents register for and vote in elections.
“This bill significantly increases the risk that noncitizens will be registered to vote,” he added.
If accepted by the Senate, the proposal would take impact July 1, 2023.
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