Colorado governor signs bills improving state’s immigrant driver’s license program, boosting consumer protections

Opening day of the second session of the 71st General Assembly in the Senate at the Colorado State Capitol Jan. 10, 2018 in Denver.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday signed bills that aim to boost consumer privacy protections and seek to improve the state’s long-embattled driver’s license program for people living in the U.S. illegally.

Senate Bill 108 streamlines the renewal process and identification requirements for immigrants who have or are seeking driver’s licenses.

The measure marks lawmakers’ first successful attempt to improve the program since it was created by the Colorado General Assembly in 2013, after years of persistent conservative pushback.

Republicans and Democrats who backed the legislation said it was a win for the state’s agriculture sector.

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“This bill will make Colorado’s roads and drivers safer,” state Rep. Jonathan Singer, a Longmont Democrat and prime sponsor of the legislation, said in a written statement.

Hickenlooper also signed House Bill 1128 into law. It’s a bipartisan effort to protect people’s personal information by requiring companies and the government to delete sensitive data once it’s no longer needed.

Those entities would also need to notify people if their personal information has been compromised in a hacking episode.

In all, the governor signed more than 50 bills into law Tuesday — also including one that expands the age range for students who receive a state-covered co-pay on reduced-price school lunches and another that requires schools to alert parents if a school employee has been charged with certain felonies.

The Colorado legislature passed more than 400 bills during the legislative session (out of the more than 700 that were introduced) that ended May 9. Hickenlooper has until June 8 to decide whether to sign bills that passed, send them along to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office without a signature or veto them.

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