Earlier today, the Oregon Senate voted to pass a bill imposing stricter identification requirements for Oregon driver's license applicants.
From the Oregonian:
The Oregon Senate easily passed a bill Monday to tighten identification requirements to obtain a state driver's license, advancing a measure that has become embroiled in the emotional debate over illegal immigration.
The vote was 23-7. All of the opponents were Democrats, including three of the four state senators who are running for secretary of state.
The measure, Senate Bill 1080, would largely put into law the tighter identification requirements that were imposed under an executive order signed by Gov. Ted Kulongoski that went into effect on Feb. 4. Both the executive order and the Senate bill require driver's license applicants, including those seeking to renew an existing license, to provide a Social Security number or other proof of legal residence that can be verified by the state Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division.
Urging passage of the bill, Sen. Rick Metsger, D-Welches, said the bill would streamline the application process and avoid "unintended consequences."
Metsger was the only senate running for secretary of state who voted for the bill. His three Democratic opponents, Sens. Brad Avakian of Bethany, Kate Brown of Portland and Vicki Walker of Eugene voted against the measure.
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