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Senate passes bill hindering local photo IDs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate has passed a bill that would stall Milwaukee’s efforts to provide local photo IDs to the homeless, immigrants in the country illegally and others who have difficulty obtaining state IDs.

The Republican bill would prohibit towns and counties from spending money on or issuing photo IDs. It would also prohibit using city or village ID cards to vote or obtain public benefits, like food stamps.

Opponents call the bill anti-immigrant and say it’s aimed at Milwaukee plans to issue local IDs to assist with everyday tasks, like opening a bank account or obtaining a prescription.

The bill’s supporters say it aims to cut down on confusion and fraud.

The Assembly also plans to take up the bill in a session beginning Tuesday and ending Wednesday.

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