A new bill has been introduced in the Idaho Legislature to that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses with restrictions.
Senate Bill 1132 was introduced last week by Sen. Jim Guthrie (R-McCammon) in the Senate State Affairs Committee.
The bill’s official Statement of Purpose is as follows:
This bill will improve Idaho’s road safety, ensure more drivers on Idaho roads are covered by insurance, enhance driver education and training for all Idahoans, and generate additional state revenue for Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) programs. If enacted, the bill makes a Driving Authorization Card available to all persons residing in Idaho. It is also an alternative to the STAR Card, or REAL ID, and would be available to all persons over the age of 16 who can verify their identity and that they live in Idaho. The authorization would be comparable to Class D driving privileges and would have to be renewed annually at a cost of $25 per year.
The Driving Authorization Card would be limited to driving purposes only, it would have a distinguishable appearance, and conspicuous words of limitation to ensure the card is not used for voting, to purchase firearms, or to exercise any other rights or privileges reserved to citizens.
Guthrie, the bill sponsor, said during the opening of the introductory hearing,
My request this morning is to ask for your favorable consideration in printing the RS with the understanding that it be referred to the Senate Transportation Committee for a public hearing. And madam chair, my understanding is that we have a busy agenda this morning, and this is just a print hearing. I would just keep my remarks to a minimum and let your questions dictate how much more information you would like on the RS.
No debate or discussion on the proposal was put forward at the time.
The bill passed through committee on a voice vote. SB 1132, if given a public hearing, would take place in the Senate Transportation Committee.
A public hearing for the bill has not yet been scheduled.
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