- Associated Press - Thursday, January 14, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A bill making its way through the Arizona Senate would prevent cities from issuing ID cards unless they use the same rigorous criteria as the state government.

A Senate committee voted Wednesday to advance the legislation. It would pre-empt a grassroots effort in Phoenix to create a city ID available to people who entered the country illegally.

The 4-3 vote was split along party lines, with Republicans supporting the bill and Democrats opposing it.

Fountain Hills Republican Sen. John Kavanagh says he’s sponsoring the legislation to protect the “gold standard” of state-government-issued IDs. The bill would allow cities to develop a municipal services card, but they could not call it an ID without meeting state standards.

Advocates of Phoenix’s plan say the card would help people access city programs, banks and other services.

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