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Illinois passes Driver’s Certificate out of the house

 From The Illinois Coaltion for Immigrant and Refugee Rights:

(check out their website, www.icirr.org – for more info)

“After so much hard work, HB 1100,The Roadway Safety and Mandatory Auto Insurance Act, passed out of the State House today with 60 representatives voting in favor and 56 voting no. This legislation would give immigrants without Social Security numbers the chance to acquire driver’s certificates and drive safely, legally, and with insurance. Supporters of HB 1100 include State Rep. Edward Acevedo (D-2), former Governor Jim Edgar, Mayor Richard Daley, dozens of law enforcement associations, police chiefs, judges, bar associations, businesses and many other organizations.

“This is a big step forward for roadway safety in Illinois. I thank my colleagues and the many organizations who have worked on this bill for the last 12 years,” said State Rep. Edward Acevedo, lead sponsor of the bill. “This bill will benefit all people in Illinois, making safer roads all across the state.”

We should celebrate this first victory and thank all of those who made it happen, but we must also work harder than ever to ensure that this important bill passes the Senate and becomes law. To read our press release, click here.”

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