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Senate leader pitches driver's license for undocumented workers

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Updated: 2/03/2013 9:08 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) --Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis is pushing for Driver’s Privilege Card in Nevada for undocumented immigrants, when the legislature gets underway next week. He unveiled some details to dozens of people at a Latin Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Las Vegas.

He’s patterning the bill after a Driver Privilege Card already in existence in Utah.

“One thing we've seen in Utah is they actually get insurance at a higher rate in Utah. The folks that get the driver's privilege card actually get insurance at a higher rate than the regular population and people who say they won't get insurance but they do because they want to protect their property too,” Denis said.

The proposed legislation would grant permission for a person to drive a car, but it would not serve as an official form of identification that you would need to board a plane. Holders would have to also have taken the same test as a holder of a regular driver’s license. That means written and driving.

Denis believes that would mean safer drivers resulting in safer roads. Lynnette Sawyer of the Hispanic Museum of Nevada says that ought to be a relief to people.

“I think you have people that may have an accident, people who are victims of this of accidents who will have a better opportunity to be covered because if someone hits you who does not have a license or is not insured, then you have to carry the brunt of the insurance,” Sawyer said.

Denis says he has tried this measure twice before but it never made it out of the legislature, however this time could be different as Nevada’s GOP is realizing it needs to win over Hispanic votes in order to win elections.
A few states have similar laws in effect including most recently Illinois.
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