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State Assembly passes Green Light bill

June 13, 2019 12:38 pm

ALBANY — A majority in the New York State Assembly has voted to adopt the Green Light bill, which would enable undocumented immigrants to obtain standard driver’s licenses using forms of identification from their native countries.

The bill was adopted Wednesday evening by an 86-47 vote despite a slate of Republican elected officials voting against the measure.

The state Senate is considering a similar bill but has not yet scheduled a vote.

In New York state, there are 752,000 undocumented immigrants over the age of 16 who are barred from obtaining driver’s licenses because of their immigration status, according to the website of the advocacy group Green Light NY.

Check back for more on this developing story.