The state Senate easily passed a measure Tuesday night that would allow people of Cajun ancestry to be identified as such on driver’s licenses or other state identification cards on request for a $5 fee.

Senate Bill 201 sponsored by state Sen. Fred Mills Jr., R-St. Martinville, passed on a 38-0 vote.

Under the law, the state Department of Public Safety and Corrections would collect the fee and turn the money over to the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana, called CODOFIL.

CODOFIL, in turn, would be required to distribute the money to fund scholarships for its La Foundation Louisiane for the Escadrille Louisiane scholarship program.

SB201 now heads to the state house for further consideration.