In historic vote, Mass. House passes bill to allow driver’s licenses for residents without legal immigration status

“The Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would allow residents without legal immigration status to get driver’s licenses. Buoyed by support from law enforcement, the measure won enough votes in the heavily Democratic chamber to overcome a potential veto from Republican Governor Charlie Baker.

The tally was 120-36 and came after a two-hour debate on the bill, which would allow residents to prove their identity with documents such as a foreign passport and birth certificate.

The legislation explicitly says that people without legal immigration status will not be registered to vote as a result of getting a driver’s license — language that supporters say has helped bring more members on board.”