Legislators change driver's licenses, state ID bills after complaints by immigrant advocates
State legislators have modified a set of bills on driver's licenses and state IDs after complaints by immigrant rights' groups.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee removed a section of the bills Tuesday that immigrant advocates said would lead to confusion and racial profiling.
The committee removed a line in the original bill that said, "the license shall be visually marked indicating that it is issued for a term that expires on the date the licensee is no longer considered to be legally present in the United States."
The modified bill now includes a section that makes it clear the bill is meant for drivers with "temporary lawful status," not immigrants who have permanent legal status. The previous bill did not clarify that point.
A new analysis of the modified bills was posted Tuesday by the House Fiscal Agency, which analyzes Michigan bills. The analysis it released last month on the bills said: "The card or license would have to be visually marked to indicate that it is issued to an individual who is not a citizen of the United States." That part is no longer in the analysis released Tuesday.