- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Legislation allowing North Carolina residents living illegally in the U.S. to obtain driver’s permits is still intact at the General Assembly, although its future is uncertain.

A majority voting in the House Finance Committee on Tuesday rejected a proposed amendment that would have deleted the provision related to issuing a one-year “restricted” permit.

But the committee didn’t vote on the whole bill, which also contains tougher penalties for people selling bogus driver’s licenses and identification cards. No date was set to reconsider the measure, which passed another committee in April.

Bill sponsor Rep. Harry Warren of Salisbury says the restricted permit is better than motorists driving with neither genuine identification nor insurance, which the bill requires. Critics argue the permits would give government legitimacy to people in the state unlawfully.

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