Monday, December 22, 2003

State Republicans include drivers license repeal in legislative plan

"After several failed attempts, Republican leaders predicted the repeal of a 2-year-old law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain state licenses."

"'This law was passed in a pre-9/11 world,' said Rep. Donna Rowland, R-Murfreesboro, noting that California recently repealed a similar law. 'If it's too liberal for California, it's too liberal for Tennessee.'"

"Rowland said that of 221 Tennessee sheriffs and police chiefs recently contacted by legislators, 107 responded that they supported the license law repeal. Three opposed it."

"House Majority Leader Kim McMillan, D-Clarksville, said she was working with the governor's office on a bill to address the security concerns raised by the state's driver's license law but that she did not have details yesterday."

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