2019

Veronica Orellana of Worthington, Minn., speaks to media and a crowd of supporters about how her family would be helped by a proposal to allow undocumented residents to obtain a drivers license at the State Capitol in St. Paul on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019.The Democratic-backed proposal faces its most difficult challenge in the state Senate, which is controlled by Republicans. (Dave Orrick / Pioneer Press)
Veronica Orellana of Worthington, Minn., speaks to media and a crowd of supporters about how her family would be helped by a proposal to allow undocumented residents to obtain a drivers license at the State Capitol in St. Paul on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019.The Democratic-backed proposal faces its most difficult challenge in the state Senate, which is controlled by Republicans. (Dave Orrick / Pioneer Press)

Minnesota House lawmakers on Thursday introduced a plan to allow undocumented Minnesota residents to get drivers licenses. Business leaders, clergy, some in the law enforcement community and lawmakers stood inside the Capitol to espouse the the bipartisan bill. Governor Tim Walz supports it as well. Now the next step will be introducing it in the Minnesota Senate.

The bipartisan bill – HF 1500 – led by House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, would create a “non-compliant license” that could be obtained by providing any of a number of documents that range from an application for asylum to a recent “home utility services hook-up work order.”

The licenses would not comply with federal Real ID national security requirements, so they would not be accepted at airports or border crossings.