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Officials: Senate will OK driver's licenses for immigrants in U.S. illegally

The driver's license legislation has picked up steam and could win final approval from the State Senate on Monday or Tuesday, a source said. The Assembly already has passed the bill and Cuomo supports the concept, although he would have to examine details of the bill before he signs or vetoes it.

On Thursday, Sen. Anna Kaplan (D-North Hempstead) told her fellow Democrats she would support the driver’s license bill because it was the “right thing to do,” according to officials in attendance. That a freshman senator in a swing district in Nassau County came out for the bill could change the dynamics, one analyst said.

“Considering she is the most vulnerable of them all, taking a stand is significant,” said Lawrence Levy, executive dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, referring to the Island’s freshman Democratic senators. “If Anna Kaplan is willing to take the risk in the swingiest of Long Island districts, it’s going to put pressure on a lot of other members.”


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