Committee approves bill to ease restrictions on ID documents
DENVER – The House Transportation Energy Committee approved a bill that would ease restrictions on identity documents after lawmakers said current rules were hurting citizens who needed driver’s licenses and other documents.Rep. Rosemary Marshall, D-Denver, said people should be able to use passports, birth certificates and Social Security cards as identification to get the documents they need.”There has been some difficulty and some challenges for citizens having the ability to get the proper identification to get on with their life,” she said.She said people need a license “for the simplest things,” to go to work, to get food, to get benefits, to get a bank account or rent an apartment.The measure (House Bill 1313) would recognize a passport issued by the United States government, a birth certificate and a Social Security card, a marriage, divorce, or separation certificate or decree, a driver’s license or identification document issued by the United States government, Colorado, or any other state that requires lawful presence, an identity document issued by the Department of Corrections and a Social Security card.The bill now goes to the full House for debate.
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