PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
August 29, 2012 | 4:55 pm

The state Senate on Wednesday approved a measure allowing up to 450,000 illegal immigrants in California to get state driver’s licenses once they are awarded work permits under a new federal program providing a reprieve from deportation.

The bill would apply to people brought to the United States illegally before they were 16 who are now 30 and younger.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles has said that those accepted into a new federal program granting them two-year deferrals from deportation are eligible for licenses, but the legislation makes it clear that licenses can be issued even if the federal documentation does not meet state standards.

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