After vote against immigration ID, Georgia state senator faces challenge from right

The Georgia State Capitol is located in downtown Atlanta.

After opposing a bill to create a separate driver's license for some immigrants, state Sen. Chuck Payne faces competition in the Republican primary.

Payne, R-Dalton, voted down a bill in the Senate Public Safety Committee that would have created a new "Driver's Safety Card" for immigrants who hold work permits but do not have lawful status. It would be an alternative to a driver's license and only last as long as the work permit. They would also say "NO LAWFUL STATUS" and "NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR OFFICIAL PURPOSES."

photo State Sen. Chuck Payne, R-Dalton

photo Scott Tidwell

With Payne's vote, the bill died in committee, 5-4, on Feb.