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Illegal Immigrants Will Be Eligible For Driver’s Licenses In Massachusetts Next Year

June 11, 2022

Starting on July 1, 2023, illegal immigrants will be eligible to obtain driver’s licenses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

That’s because the Massachusetts Senate overrode Governor Charlie Baker’s veto of the proposal (H.4805) on Thursday, June 9. The Senate overrode the governor’s veto with a 32-8 vote, as CBS News reports. That’s 80 percent of the members.

The vote came one day after the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted 119-36 to override Baker’s veto on Wednesday, June 8. That’s about 77 percent of the members.

It takes a two-thirds majority in each chamber to override a veto.

To justify his veto of the bill, Baker has said that the state should confirm who people are before giving them a driver’s license.

“Consequently, a standard Massachusetts driver’s license will no longer confirm that a person is who they say they are,” Baker said last month, according to CBS.


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