A bill cracking down on ‘community’ IDs is ready for Gov. DeSantis’ signature

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Protesters holding signs such as, "Immigrants Make America Great, period!" By: Josh Holton (6/1/23)

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The Florida Senate on Wednesday backed a proposal to bar counties and municipalities from accepting identification cards and documents issued by groups who have provided such credentials to people who are in the country illegally.

Senators voted 28-9 to approve the bill (HB 1451) after the House signed off on the measure earlier this week.

The legislation is ready to go to Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The bill would apply to what are commonly known as “community” ID cards, which cannot be used for purposes such as driving or voting.

Critics of the proposal have repeatedly argued that law enforcement officials support the use of community ID cards, which can allow people who do not have other forms of identification to provide a form of ID to police.

The passage of the measure Wednesday is a continuation of the Republican-dominated Legislature’s efforts in recent years to crack down on illegal immigration.

Last year, lawmakers and DeSantis approved a measure that prohibited local governments from providing money for issuing identification cards to undocumented immigrants.

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