A measure that would allow those in the country illegally to gain driving privileges appears headed for a vote in the state House.
The bill creating a “restricted ID” for residents illegally in North Carolina cleared the House Finance Committee on Tuesday by a vote of 22-11 despite Gov. Pat McCrory expressing his disapproval at the meeting through his legislative liaison.
People obtaining one of the cards would undergo a background check and be required to provide fingerprints. Driving privileges would be awarded once applicants pass a state driving test and obtain liability insurance coverage.
The proposal has triggered sharp divisions at the Republican-controlled legislature between lawmakers resistant to providing recognition of any kind versus those who argue the ID would motivate those currently driving without a license to get insurance.
The North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police is backing the bill.
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