Immigrant driver's license fight coming Friday
Julie Bykowicz reports that a conference committee to iron out differences between the House and Senate versions of restrictions on illegal immigrant driver's licenses is likely to be held Friday. (To recap: The Senate wants to eliminate driver's licenses altogether for people who can't prove they're in the country legally, whereas the House wants to grandfather in illegal immigrants who already have licenses but label theirs as "not federally compliant.")
There's not a lot of room for compromise between the two chambers' positions, as Mike Miller said yesterday. But if you're reading the tea leaves, it looks like the Senate may be more committed to its position than the House. Speaker Mike Busch noted that the vote in his chamber to establish the two-tier license system was close, whereas the Senate vote was not. We're getting into a battle-of-will situation, so the side that cares more is likely to be the one that wins, and Miller has certainly appeared more passionate about his chamber's position than Busch has about his.