Calif. moves to grant driver's licenses to illegal immigrants

Supporters of the bill say it is about public safety, while others voiced concerns

By Matt O'Brien
San Jose Mercury News

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After a late-night debate Thursday, the Legislature is handing to Gov. Jerry Brown a bill to grant driver's licenses to young illegal immigrants granted temporary work permits by the federal government.

The Assembly on Thursday night passed AB 2189 in a 55-21 vote after the Senate approved the bill in a 25-7 vote Wednesday, adding to the more than 230 bills that at mid-day Friday were on the governor's desk on the Legislature's final day of its yearly session.

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