- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island House speaker says lawmakers won’t act this year on legislation that would allow immigrants in the country illegally to obtain driver’s licenses.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/20KdTzX ) that Democratic leader Nicholas Mattiello says it’s a federal issue that the state shouldn’t be weighing in on at this time.

Under a bill introduced by Rep. Anastasia Williams, a Providence Democrat, immigrants who apply for the special licenses would need to have lived in Rhode Island for at least two years. The licenses would be color-coded to prevent them from being used as a form of identification.

The House Judiciary Committee held it and other related bills for further study.

A spokeswoman for Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says she has no current plans to take action on her own.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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