Following a debate that stretched on for more than seven and a half hours, the state House of Representatives approved a bill just after dawn on Thursday that offers undocumented immigrants the opportunity to obtain a Connecticut driver’s license.
The 74 to 55 vote broke along party lines, with all the Republican members of the House voting no and all but nine Democrats voting yes. Twenty one members did not vote. The measure now moves to the state Senate, where it has a powerful advocate in Majority Leader Martin Looney. If approved, Connecticut would be the first state in the Northeast to enact such a policy, though several other states, including New Mexico, Washington and Illinois, have enacted similar laws.