Bill would ease licensing rules for immigrants

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Updated: 5/12/2014 10:31 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigrants in the country illegally would face an easier path toward getting professional licenses in California under a bill moving forward in the statehouse.

The Los Angeles Times reports a measure by Democratic Sen. Ricardo Lara would ease the licensing process for more than two dozen occupations including real estate agents and security guards, as well as health care professionals like psychologists and pharmacists. The bill passed the state Senate on Thursday.

The measure would allow about 40 state boards to accept a federal taxpayer identification number as proof of identification in lieu of a Social Security number.

Lara says his proposal is an extension of other measures enacted in recent years that provide immigrants with driver's licenses, lower college tuition and access to public financial aid.

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