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Coalition renews push to hold committee hearing for driver’s license bills

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Supporters of legislation that would let undocumented immigrants receive Michigan IDs are renewing their push to get those bills a committee hearing. Colin Jackson has more.

The bills would require the state to make rules for proving Michigan residency to get a driver’s license when someone can’t show their legal status.

Democratic state Representative Padma Kuppais a sponsor of the bills. She says bureaucratic issues like processing delays can keep documented immigrants from getting licenses too.

“You know, if people have driver’s licenses, then they can get access to car insurance, which means that they are more likely to stop when they are put in a traffic accident. They are also able to take driving lessons to learn how to be better, to follow traffic laws.”
Padma Kuppa

The bills were slated for a committee hearing last fall that was abruptly postponed. Supporters hope this week’s push will spur its re-scheduling.

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— Colin Jackson is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org