Posted at: 03/18/2013 5:46 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Bills that would let illegal immigrants get a Minnesota driver's license are moving forward at the Capitol.
The Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee on Monday passed a bill to ease restrictions on driver's licenses for non-U.S. citizens. A House committee endorsed a similar bill last week.
Sen. Bobby Joe Champion, a Minneapolis Democrat, says his bill would make Minnesota roads safer by funneling more drivers through the state's driving test and making it easier for them to buy automobile insurance.
Republicans say the change could lead to unintended consequences, like illegal immigrants using state IDs to vote.
The bill passed 10-7, with all Democrats in favor and all Republicans voting against it.
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