As reported earlier this month, a bill that would give undocumented immigrants the right to obtain a state-issued driver’s license died on the legislature’s transportation committee.
But advocates are continuing to press their case. They will bring a group of high-powered supporters, including mayors of some of the state’s largest cities and House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, to the Capitol Monday in hopes of winning passage of the bill this year.
Supporters say allowing immigrants without the proper documentation to obtain a license will improve public safety, lower insurance costs, help law enforcement and generate new revenue for the state. Several states, most recently Illinois and Maryland, have enacted similar laws.
The proposal, which is being promoted by a group of religious leaders called Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut, or CONECT, already has a powerful ally in Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney of New Haven. In addition to Sharkey, those expected to attend Monday’s event include the mayors of New Britain, Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport.