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5:54 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Vermont Senate to Consider Immigrant Licenses

Vermont Statehouse
Credit WAMC

The Vermont Senate is expected to take up a bill that would allow immigrant farm workers to get driver's licenses in Vermont.



On Wednesday, the Senate is expected to take up the bill, which was approved last week by the Transportation Committee by a vote of 4-1.

Vermont dairy farms employ an estimated 1,500 Mexican farmworkers, many of whom are in this country illegally. They say they are isolated in rural areas and have to get rides from their employer or volunteers or sometimes pay for transportation to the grocery store or doctor.

The bill would allow them to get driver's licenses provided that they have the proper documentation and then take the tests to get a permit, and then a license.

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