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Thursday, May 30, 2013

CT Senate Approves Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Immigrants

By Mark Pazniokas

A sharply divided Senate voted early today to give final passage to a bill making Connecticut one of a handful of states allowing illegal immigrants to obtain a driver’s license.

Passage of the bill on a 19-16 vote came after an 18-month campaign by Latino and religious groups, particularly Catholic nuns, priests and bishops. The House passed it last week, 74 to 55.

“These are upstanding, decent people,” said Sister Mary Jude, the director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Norwich. “All they want to do is go to work and take their children to school.”

She was one of three nuns who waited outside the Senate chamber to lobby two Democrats opposed to the bill, Paul Doyle of Wethersfield and Cathy Osten of Sprague. Osten voted yes, Doyle voted no, as did Democrat Joan Hartley of Waterbury.

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