Baker not satisfied with immigrant license bill
Says he wished Jones amendment on voting had been approved
GOV. CHARLIE BAKER wouldn’t say on Thursday whether he intends to veto an immigrant license bill if it reaches his desk, but he appeared to dispute a lead sponsor’s contention that the bill as passed by the House satisfies the governor’s concerns about the legislation.
The House on Wednesday voted 120-36 — a veto-proof margin — in favor of legislation allowing undocumented residents of Massachusetts to obtain driver’s licenses if they have at least two supplemental documents proving their identity, birth date, and Massachusetts residency.
Rep. William Straus of Mattapoisett, the House chair of the Legislature’s Transportation Committee, said the bill has nothing to do with immigration. He said the bill is a driver safety measure because it requires undocumented drivers to take safety courses and obtain insurance to drive legally.
Straus said the bill’s identification requirements meet the “Baker standard” for ensuring that drivers applying for the licenses are who they say they are.
The House-passed measure now goes to the Senate.