In Springfield, Illinois, on Tuesday, the Illinois House of Representatives voted to permit illegal immigrants to get temporary drivers licenses. Illinois’ Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign the issue into law immediately, according to CBS.
This makes Illinois the fourth state in the nation to allow driving privileges to undocumented citizens after similar laws have been passed in New Mexico, the state of Washington, and Utah – which allows illegal immigrants to drive on driving permits.
The Illinois House of Representatives voted 65-to-46 on the measure after the state’s Senate more overwhelmingly approved the legislation over a month ago on Dec. 4.
The state has an estimated one-quarter million illegal immigrants driving on Illinois roadways, and supporters claim that this law will make the state’s roadways safer by having illegal immigrants get tested to drive.
Illinois added more than 150 new laws in 2012, and the state’s reputation for putting many new laws on the books is already starting in 2013.
Illinois New Laws for 2013