State Rep. Dewey McClain, D-Lawrenceville, questioned the usefulness of Powell's amendment. He wondered what police officers would make of the non-citizen stamp if they pulled over a legal resident.
Powell said he doesn’t see any downside to the non-citizen label.
“I don’t think non-citizen is a very offensive term,” Powell said. “It just clearly states it.”
By a 4-3 vote, the Motor Vehicles Committee attached Powell's provision to House Bill 136, which would allow Georgia residents to keep their old driver's licenses when they renew them. The committee then approved the amended bill.
Last year a bill that would have created special driver's licenses and ID cards identifying immigrants without legal status passed the Senate but died in the House.