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NJ immigrant driving bill held for revisions

6-12-14

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The sponsor of a bill granting driving privileges to some New Jersey residents living in the United States illegally says the proposal needs more work.

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (GOO’-see-or-uh) pulled the proposal from Thursday’s Assembly’s Transportation Committee agenda.

Gusciora says the bill will be fine-tuned before a hearing this summer.

Gusciora wants anyone who is eligible for deferred deportation status and a work permit to be able to acquire a driver’s license from the state.

Eligible applicants are up to 30 years old and have been in the United States at least five years. They can’t have a criminal record and must have graduated from a U.S. high school or be a veteran.

Immigrants in the U.S. illegally are not currently eligible for driver’s licenses in New Jersey.