From the Morning Memo:

The New York State Trial Lawyers Association on Friday will formally endorse a bill that would extend access to driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.

The trial lawyers group is the latest organization to endorse the measure as the Democratic-led Assembly is preparing a floor vote for the bill on Tuesday.

Their argument largely mirrors what supporters have sought to highlight in recent months — the measure would provide a measure of traffic safety. In a memorandum of support, the trial lawyers association pointed to the bill’s potential for increasing the number of insured drivers on the road.

“Ensuring drivers are capable and informed of traffic laws through proper licensing protects public safety,” the association wrote in a memo in support. “Just as important, proper licensing allows drivers to register their vehicles and procure insurance, which helps drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and the general public.”

The measure has gained the support in recent weeks from the Business Council, the Vegetable Growers Association as well as labor unions like 1199.

“Regardless of status, the streets are safer with increased transparency regarding who is driving a vehicle, and this legislation achieves that goal,” the group wrote. “All participants of the civil justice system would benefit from a system that increases information about New Yorkers relative to their use of a motor vehicle.”

Nevertheless, the bill’s chances of passage are in doubt as the Democratic-led state Senate continues to grapple with the proposal. Several suburban and upstate Democrats have raised concerns with the bill after speaking with local law enforcement officials.

And, on Thursday, state Democratic Committee Chairman Jay Jacobs confirmed he had spoken with multiple senators about the potential political toll the measure could carry for the party.