SB18-108 (Crowder & Coram/Arndt & Singer) Eligibility Colorado Road and Community Safety Act

Originally Posted: February 16, 2018
Last Updated: April 27, 2018

Summary

In 2013, the legislature passed a law allowing up to six Colorado DMV offices to offer driver’s licenses to immigrants residing in Colorado without proper documentation. The program is self-funded through license fees and was seen as a key step toward improving the safety of Coloradans on the road by allowing immigrants to take vision and road tests, obtain a license, and secure car insurance. SB18-108 would allow these individuals to use either a social security number or a taxpayer identification number to obtain a driver’s license, correcting a technical error in the previous legislation. The bill would also allow these driver’s licenses to be reissued or renewed in accordance with the process used for other licenses.

Position

The Children’s Campaign supports this bill. There is a strong connection between a person’s access to reliable transportation and their ability to access health care when they need it. Without transportation, people delay care for themselves and family members, which could lead to worsening conditions, reliance on emergency transportation and emergency room use, and even death. In addition to health care access, transportation determines families’ ability to secure basic necessities and participate in their communities. Colorado’s immigrants help drive our economy and contribute to the rich fabric of our communities. Providing opportunities for immigrants to lead healthy and productive lives benefits us all.

Current Status

Passed the House on a bipartisan vote of 38-24 and now heads back to the Senate for consideration of amendments added in the House

Previous Statuses


February 16, 2018

Passed the Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee as amended on a bipartisan 3-2 vote, and now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee

March 30, 2018

Passed the Senate on a bipartisan vote of 25-10 and now heads to the House, where it is scheduled to be heard in the House Local Government Committee on Wednesday, Apr. 4 at 1:30 in Room 0107

April 6, 2018

Passed the House Local Government Committee on a bipartisan vote of 11-2 and now heads to the House Appropriations Committee

April 13, 2018

Passed the House Appropriations Committee on a vote of 10-3 and now heads to the House floor for debate