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A hearing is scheduled this week on legislation that would allow the state Department of Motor Vehicles to issue driver's licenses to people who are in the country illegally.

The bill will go before the House Committee on Judiciary on Tuesday.

Immigrants who apply for the special licenses would need to have lived in Rhode Island for at least two years. The licenses would be color-coded in a way that prevents them from being used as a form of identification.

Democratic Rep. Anastasia Williams, of Providence, recently introduced the legislation. Sen. Frank Ciccone, a Providence Democrat, introduced a companion bill in the Senate.

Similar legislation stalled last year.

Ciccone has said he hopes this year to build on the success of a similar law that took effect in neighboring Connecticut.




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