New law opens Ga. licenses to certain noncitizens

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia
Gov. Nathan Deal has signed two bills into law making it easier for
certain noncitizens to get Georgia driver's licenses.

Deal signed
House Bill 475 at the Kia Motors plant in West Point Wednesday. The bill
allows Georgia to enter into reciprocal agreements with foreign
countries so that each government would recognize valid driver's
licenses from the other for anyone who is a lawful immigrant.

For
Georgia, that would mean giving certain noncitizens temporary Georgia
licenses without those drivers passing the usual exams. Supporters
pitched the measure as business friendly, given that foreign firms often
send employees and executives to Georgia for extended stays.

Deal
also signed Senate Bill 122, which allows noncitizens to apply to
extend their Georgia licenses within a certain time frame.