Vermont legislators are debating the pros and cons of issuing driver's licenses to the state's undocumented workers.
Rep. Mollie Burke of Brattleboro and Sen. Peg Flory of Rutland presented results from their access study to the House Agriculture Committee Wednesday. The study committee unanimously concluded that Vermont's dairy industry cannot function without migrant workers, many of whom are here illegally. The study committee also agreed that some form of identification does need to be made available, but Flory contends full licensure is a step too far.
"I did not support that and still don't, although I would have no objection to a driving privilege type card," said Flory, R-Rutland County.
The committee suggested loosening proof of residency requirements to make it possible for undocumented workers to get licenses. They would still need to pass written and driving tests.