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VT House weighs driver's licenses for migrant workers

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The Vermont House is hearing testimony on a bill that would grant drivers' licenses to people living in Vermont regardless of their legal status.

At yesterday's hearing, migrant workers, farmers, and clergy members all testified before the House Transportation committee in support of the measure.

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Sarah Harris
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Dave Potter is a representative from Clarendon, Vermont, near Rutland. He’s vice chair of the Transportation Committee. He says that while he’d like to hear more testimony, he’s in favor of the bill so far.

“I think I have to say at least in my heart that I’m sympathetic to the needs of the migrant people and the needs of the farmers that need the migrant workers. Vermont has a great dairy tradition and it sounds like without these approximately 1700 migrant workers, it wouldn’t continue to exist in the way that it does.”

The House will hear more testimony in the coming weeks.

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin supports extending drivers’ licenses to undocumented workers.

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