HB 114 – Non-Citizen License Eligibility (2013-2014)
Link to Bill:http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=130_HB_114
HB 114 changes existing Ohio law to specify certain non-U.S. citizens are eligible for an Ohio driver’s license.
Primary Sponsors:Rep. Lynch (R)
Secondary Sponsors:Rep. Becker (R), Rep. Hayes (R), Rep. Maag (R), Rep. Retherford (R), Rep. Wachtmann (R)
Committee:Transportation / Public Safety / Homeland Security (H)
LSC Legislation Status:http://lsc.state.oh.us/coderev/hou130.nsf/House+Bill+Number/0114?OpenDocument
Our take on this bill:
HB 114 carves out only certain non-U.S. citizens for Ohio driver’s license eligibility, while leaving out others who would otherwise be eligible, most notably those who have been approved for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA grantees are legally authorized to be in the United States by the federal government, and both the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and Ohio Attorney General have established that DACA grantees are eligible for driver’s licenses. HB 114 effectively circumvents this, arbitrarily barring many Ohio residents from a driver’s license.