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July 6, 2015

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Sandoval signs bill creating drivers privilege cards for immigrants

Gov. Brian Sandoval today signed into law a bill that will create drivers privilege cards for immigrants in the country illegally.

Flanked by legislative leaders from both parties, Sandoval described the measure as a "very historic bill," that will for the first time allow immigrants here illegally to drive legally and obtain liability insurance for their vehicles.

Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis, with tears in his eyes, said he "wasn't sure this would happen in my legislative career."

"This really is something that will make a difference in people's lives," Denis said.

The cards, which cannot be used as identification, will be available beginning in January. State officials expect as many as 60,000 people will apply for the cards, which will require a driving test and proof of identification to obtain.

Supporters argue the new law will make Nevada road safer, saying immigrants already drive, often without insurance.

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