BOSTON (AP) – The Massachusetts House has overturned Gov. Deval Patrick’s veto of a proposal that would require anyone seeking to register a car in Massachusetts to prove legal U.S. residency.
Patrick rejected the measure Friday, calling the proposal “flawed.” The House overrode the veto Monday.
The governor said the bill seems to be aimed at using the Registry of Motor Vehicles to identify illegal immigrants.
Patrick had proposed an amended version of the legislation, citing concerns over the Legislature’s initial proposal. His amendment would require vehicle owners to prove state residency.
The residency language was part of a broader measure that would allow motor vehicle registration applicants to identify themselves with a driver’s license, identification card or Social Security number. It also would grant exemptions for out-of-state college students, military personnel and others.