Immigrant farm workers -- who are in Vermont illegally -- are one step closer to securing driving privileges.
Monday afternoon the House passed a plan that would allow the DMV to give out "driver privilege cards." Applicants would have to provide proof of identity and residency in Vermont. The cards would be available to individuals not eligible for an enhanced driver's license under the federal REAL ID law. The cards would not allow holders to board planes or enter federal buildings.
"It enhances public safety by providing police with a way to identify and verify licensed ID holders when needed. Also, licensed ID holders will feel more comfortable contacting police especially as crime victims or witnesses," said Rep. Mollie Burke (P-Brattleboro).
"My gut says there are too serious of concerns of this in regards to security and issues like that for us to be going forward. I think there is real hope that there may be immigration reform on the federal level and we think it would be wise to see what happens there," said Rep. Kurt Wright (R-Burlington).
House members will need to vote on the plan once more -- that could happen Tuesday. The Senate passed its immigrant driving bill in April.