An attempt to create to create Texas drivers permits for undocumented residents died a second - and apparently final - death in the Texas House Friday.
The bill would have created permits for residents who had been in Texas for a year, but could not produce documents showing they were here legally. It also would have required them to carry liability insurance - a measure that some members of both parties cited as "common sense."
Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, couldn't get his bill to the House floor, so on Friday so on Friday, he offered it as an amendment to Senate Bill 1729. Rep. Van Taylor, R-Plano, raised a point of order, saying the amendment was not germane to the bill. Even though SB 1729 would expand the issuance of drivers licenses, Taylor's point of order was sustained.
That means undocumented residents continue to have no way to get driver permits in Texas. Proponents of Cook's amendment said that makes it all but impossible for them to get insurance.