Bill to grant driving authority to unauthorized immigrants sent back to committee
By Samantha Martinez, Idaho Reports
The Senate sent a bill that would grant driving authority for unauthorized immigrants back to the State Affairs Committee.
The move came without debate or objection. It isn’t yet clear if the Senate will take up the bill before the end of the session.
Sen. Jim Guthrie, R-McCammon, introduced Senate Bill 1081, which would provide a restricted driver’s license for individuals who don’t have lawful presence in the United States.
In February, the Senate Transportation Committee sent the bill to the Senate floor without recommendation, with members saying they didn’t necessarily endorse the bill, but wanted to allow further debate on the matter.
Guthrie told the committee the license would help Idaho’s agriculture community, as many who work in agriculture are undocumented immigrants.
A similar bill passed the Senate in 2021 but was not granted a hearing in the House.