HB 155 – DACA Status Driver’s Licenses (2013-2014)
Link to Bill:http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=130_HB_155
HB 155 authorizes granting driver’s licenses and permits to people who have been approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Primary Sponsors:Rep. Ramos (D), Rep. Reece (D)
Secondary Sponsors:Rep. Antonio (D), Rep. Driehaus (D), Rep. Foley (D), Rep. Phillips (D), Rep. R. Hagan (D)
Committee:Transportation / Public Safety / Homeland Security (H)
Companion Bill:SB 62
LSC Legislation Status:http://lsc.state.oh.us/coderev/hou130.nsf/House+Bill+Number/0155?OpenDocument
Our take on this bill:
Recipients of the DACA program are legally authorized to be in the United States by the federal government, and they should be eligible for driver’s licenses and permits. Currently, granting driver’s licenses and permits to those eligible under DACA is inconsistent, leaving eligible applicants unequally protected and without answers for why they were rejected. HB 155 seeks to ensure that eligible applicants are able to get driver’s licenses and permits no matter where they live in Ohio, so they may continue going to school, working, and contributing to our communities.