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Driver License Bill Passes Assembly Floor with Bipartisan Support

Assemblymember Luis Alejo
Assemblymember Luis Alejo
Submitted by the Office of Assemblymember Luis Alejo

Assemblymember Luis Alejo’s (D-Watsonville) AB 60, The Safe and Responsible Act, passed out of the Assembly Floor with a bipartisan vote of 54-20 Wednesday. 

AB 60 will ensure that virtually all drivers on California highways are properly trained, licensed, and insured.

“Today is the first time in history that this measure has received bipartisan support on the Assembly Floor. This measure has been long-overdue. With California having the largest immigrant population, it is important that we make sure motorists are trained, licensed, and insured to enhance safety on our roads,” says Alejo. “We are talking about people who contribute to our communities and our economy every day. They are our neighbors, taxpayers, and family.’’

Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara), who is a co-author of the bill comments, “This bill is about keeping us all safe on the roads, regardless of who is behind the wheel. Local law enforcement has told me that this measure will improve traffic safety by allowing proper training and testing of drivers and identifying wrongdoers. We all share the roads so let’s work together to make them as safe as possible.” 

Dave Jones, Department of Insurance Commissioner, states his support, “Insurance industry estimates state that approximately 15 percent of the cars on the road do not have insurance. AB 60 would improve roadway safety by making sure that all California motorists are properly trained, have passed a driving test, and know state driving laws. Allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver licenses will also reduce the number of uninsured motorists, which benefits all Californians by increasing the likelihood that insurance is in force at the time of an accident.” 

In 1993, Governor Pete Wilson signed legislation that requires all driver license applicants to provide a valid social security number and proof of lawful presence in the United States.

“Current law undermines highway safety by preventing many motorists from being properly trained, tested, and insured. These requirements force many Californians to drive unlicensed and uninsured, undermining the Department of Motor Vehicle’s mission to ensure public safety, and limiting law enforcements’ ability to effectively perform its duties,” commented California Immigrant Policy Center, Government Affairs Manager, Ronald Coleman.

The bill will now be sent to the State Senate for consideration.
beviej May 30, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Why should anyone bother with all of the requirements of coming to the US legally when illegally entering this country gives one all the perks they need or want. I think the motive behind this bill is a good one BUT I don't think it is going to make much difference in the huge number of illegal immigrants drinking and driving and for them to buy insurance. Why should they have to follow the laws here when they have already broken the law by being here illegally and this is totally tolerated by the US government. The border needs to be totally secure and that should be top priority. Amnesty is just going to bring millions more here illegally and this will make the greedy corporations happy and they can bring their manufacturing plants back to America because they will have their cheap slave laborers right here at home.
David H. Perez May 30, 2013 at 01:12 PM
@Beverly Young - I agree with you entirely. Funny how people like ASSemblyman Alejo use the term "immigrant" when they really mean "illegal immigrant." This is called apples and oranges. People who enter this country illegally are criminals and should not be granted any privileges (and driving IS a privilege, not a right). "Immigrants", on the other hand, who come here legally and play by the rules should have the opportunity to get a driver license. Alejo is an advocate for the criminals. He did a great job ruining Watsonville, and now he's trying to ruin the whole state.
Steve Bankhead May 31, 2013 at 05:58 PM
This is something like a decade-old dream come true for Assemblyman Alejo. He was a legislative aide to Assemblyman Manny Diaz (D-San Jose, 23rd District 2000-2004). I recall Diaz trying to get a bill passed making the Mexican matricula consular official identification for purposes including obtaining a drivers license. But I think Gov. Schwarzenegger vetoed it and Diaz failed in a 2004 election attempt. Perhaps Assemblyman Alejo will also have a 4-year career in Sacramento.
sweetcakes May 31, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Alejo only represents part of the population. He ignores the rest. Legally, he can only serve two terms as Assemblyman. Then what?
Steve Bankhead May 31, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Sweetcakes: Were it only so. I think the 1998 term limits allows assembly members to serve thee 2-year terms, possibly leaving us with Assemblyman Alejo until 2016. It could be worse...California Proposition 28, the 2012 Change in Term Limits Initiative approved reducing total number of years a politician can serve in the California State Legislature from 14 years to 12 years, permits a legislator to serve these 12 years in either the California State Senate or the California State Assembly. That could have left us with an Assemblyman Alejo until 2022, but thanks to a merciful universe, it didn't apply to incumbents like Alejo.
Cathy P. June 03, 2013 at 07:14 PM
@sweetcakes, you wrote "Then what?" I shudder to think ;)
Steve Bankhead June 03, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Cathy: Watsonville city manager? Be afraid...be very afraid.
Cathy P. June 04, 2013 at 11:24 AM
@Steve: yikes! He certainly knows how to SPEND other people's money...

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