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Oregon panel passes immigrant driver’s license bill

SALEM (AP) — An Oregon Senate committee has advanced a bill granting four-year driver’s licenses to people who can’t prove they’re legal in the United States.

The Senate Business and Transportation Committee approved the measure Monday on a 4-2 vote.

The bill would allow immigrants who have lived in Oregon for at least a year and meet other requirements to apply for driver’s cards without proving legal presence.

The card would be valid for only four years— half as long as a standard Oregon license— and would state “driving privilege only.”

Supporters say it will make Oregon roads safer because there would be fewer untrained and uninsured drivers, but opponents say it could create a culture of crime in the state.

The bill now goes to a legislative budget committee. It was introduced earlier in the year.

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