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Associated Press, Published March 18 2013

Minnesota looks at licenses for illegal immigrants

ST. PAUL – A Senate panel passed a bill on Monday that would let illegal immigrants get a Minnesota driver’s license, the most recent development in a push at the Capitol to train and insure more drivers who aren’t U.S. citizens.

The Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee endorsed the bill on a 10-7 vote – with all Democrats in favor and all Republicans opposing the bill – to ease the state’s restrictions on driver’s licenses. A House committee endorsed a similar bill last week. The Democrats pushing the measure say the change would make Minnesota roads safer: If the state starts to regulate illegal immigrants behind the wheel, they’ll have to pass a test and could more easily buy automobile insurance.