Vermont House Debates Immigrant Driver Privileges

May 6, 2013

Vermont Statehouse
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The Vermont House has given preliminary approval to a bill that would allow immigrant farmworkers who are in the country illegally to drive in Vermont, with a new type of driver's privilege card.

A bill already passed by the Senate is designed to improve mobility for immigrant workers who say they often find themselves isolated without transportation on the Vermont farms where many of them work.

The bill may have a somewhat bumpier ride as it comes up for final approval in the House on Tuesday.

Several amendments are expected to be offered before final passage, including one that would require fingerprinting for people who get the new privilege card, as well as a provision making it ineligible for use when buying alcohol.

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