SALEM, Ore. - An Oregon Senate committee has approved a bill granting four-year driver's licenses to people who can't prove they're legally in the United States. The Senate Business and Transportation Committee approved the measure Monday. The bill now goes to a legislative budget committee.
The bill would allow immigrants who have lived in Oregon for at least a year, and meet other requirements, to apply for driver's cards without proving legal presence.
The card would be valid for only four years- half as long as a standard Oregon license- and would state "driving privilege only." Supporters say it will make Oregon roads safer because there would be fewer untrained and uninsured drivers, but opponents say it could create a culture of crime in the state.