In 2003, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius expressed support for allowing undocumented residents the chance to get Kansas driver’s licenses. Then and now, that was a sensible public-safety position, because it would have meant fewer unlicensed, uninsured drivers on Kansas roads. But federal law has since effectively nixed allowing such licenses. Now the question is whether GOP gubernatorial nominee Jim Barnett can use the old issue to paint Sebelius as soft on illegal immigration. By the way, the former proponents of this measure include Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, who said in 2001, “We do have people from outside America who are working hard in America. We need to find a way they can have driver’s licenses and buy car insurance.”
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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