- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - State officials say the FBI is making it difficult for Utah to enforce a new state law that would beef up background checks for driving privilege cards issued to immigrants who illegally entered the country.

Utah’s Legislature approved a measure earlier this year that calls for the state to use a FBI criminal database to screen card applicants for any outstanding criminal warrants. The state would then alert federal immigration officials.

But Provo Republican Sen. Curt Bramble told The Salt Lake Tribune (https://bit.ly/1CK3DLB ) that the FBI won’t allow Utah to use its database if that information will be shared with another agency_even another federal agency.

Bramble says Utah will instead continue running background checks against state records.

A message seeking comment from the FBI was not immediately returned Wednesday.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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