May 30, 2013

The Connecticut state Senate has approved a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, surmounting Republican opposition.

The bill, which cleared the state House last week, passed 19-16 in the Senate early Thursday.

Under the plan, immigrants would be able to obtain driver’s licenses beginning in January 2015. Applicants would need documentation proving their identities and showing they have lived in the state for at least 90 days. They also would have to pass driving tests and background checks verifying they have no felony convictions in the state.

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