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Nevada Legislature: Driving Cards And More
Nevada Legislature: Driving Cards And More

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AIR DATE: June 6, 2013

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State Sen. Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, State Senate Majority Leader

State Sen. Ruben Kihuen, D-Las Vegas

A new law gives immigrants who are in the country illegally the opportunity to become authorized drivers.

Champions of the drivers authorization card say it will improve traffic safety for all Nevadans.

“There’s approximately 100,000 people in the state of Nevada who are driving illegally or who don’t have documents,” says State Senator Ruben Kihuen. “How can we give them an opportunity to drive legally in the streets to make our roads safer?”

Senator Kihuen and Senator Mo Denis, the bill’s sponsor, will hold a public meeting this week to talk about how the cards work. Not so much to “sell” the plan, Denis says, but to explain it.

“You have folks on one side who said ‘why are we giving privileges to individuals who are not here in the country legally?’” says Denis. “And on the other side we had individuals say ‘why would I want to put my name in a database for the government to track me down?’”

Sen. Denis says having the ability to drive legally will help the individuals who move to this country find and keep work.

“They want to have their children educated, and they want to participate and they want to pay taxes,” says Denis.

Drivers will have to be insured and pass a driver's test to receive a card, which must be renewed annually.

 

 

 

 

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    COMMENTS:
    To Sean and the other Conservatives who hate this idea: Do you realize that YOU BENEFIT FROM THESE CARDS?!?! If undocumented workers can get these cards, then they can get insurance. If they can get insurance, then whether they hit you or not, our insurance rates, which are among the highest in the nation, will fall. DON'T YOU GET IT?!?!
    Jim in HendersonJun 6, 2013 09:25:16 AM
    Awesome response
    TonyJun 6, 2013 11:58:19 AM
    Sorry, I didn't catch the name of the first state senator. Marine hate the term 'Ex-Marine'. Marines with honorable discharge are called "Former Marines". Those kick out are Ex-Marines. Don't offend your listener base. Steven Howe
    Steven HoweJun 6, 2013 09:11:39 AM
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