State lawmakers advanced a proposal Wednesday that seeks to ease the application logjam of Colorado’s long-hobbled driver’s license program for people living in the U.S. illegally, with a ranking Senate Republican casting the decisive vote.

Jerry Sonnenberg, a Sterling Republican and the Senate’s president pro tem, joined two Democrats on the State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee to pass Senate Bill 108 on a 3-2 vote.

The measure, which also seeks to simplify identification requirements, is similar to ones that the GOP has killed in years past.

It would allow applicants to use a Social Security number as part of their application for a license instead of just an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (or ITIN). Currently, only the latter is allowed and advocates say that has cut out of a host of people eligible for a license.

The legislation would also allow current license holders to reapply by mail or online instead of through an in-person appointment at one of four Department of Motor Vehicles locations statewide that take them.

“Quite honestly, if we want to know where people are in the state we got to be able to have identification,” Sonnenberg said. “And those that want to drive on the road, they ought to have driver’s licenses, they ought to have insurance and we ought to be able track that.”

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With ranking Republican’s vote, effort to bolster Colorado’s hobbled immigrant driver’s license program clears first hurdle

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