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Driver’s permit a good idea that will go nowhere

The city of Wichita is considering including support for driver’s permits (not licenses) for undocumented immigrants in its state legislative agenda. That’s certainly a pragmatic policy, as the immigrants are already living and working here, and a driver’s permit would enable them to purchase auto insurance – which is important to everyone. But the policy has no chance of making it through the GOP-dominated Legislature. A proposal by Rep. Ponka-We Victors, D-Wichita, to authorize the permits couldn’t even get a hearing last session. – Phillip Brownlee