state lawmaker will once again renew his push to allow illegal immigrants to
obtain licenses that could be used only for driving.
Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los
Angeles, said he believes this may be the year the
bill is signed into law.
“The dynamics have changed dramatically, and in our favor,” Cedillo
told The Sacramento Bee.
Cedillo, who said allowing illegal immigrants to receive proper
driver’s training, testing and insurance would make roadways safer, said the
bill would be similar to one vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in October
Since then, Cedillo said the state’s political scene has shifted
significantly. Among the examples cited were Schwarzenegger’s four government
reform proposals that were defeated by voters in November.
The vetoed bill – SB60 – called for creating special driver’s licenses
for undocumented immigrants that look different than licenses for U.S. citizens
and legal aliens. The version for illegal immigrants would not be valid for
identification or purposes other than while driving.
In his veto message, Schwarzenegger said the effort “is premature and
could undermine national security efforts to identify individuals who pose
enormous risk to the safety of Californians.”
Schwarzenegger, who vetoed a similar bill in 2004, said all along he
would reject any driver’s license legislation sent to him before the federal
government issues new guidelines intended to prevent terrorists from gaining
access to state-issued licenses. Those regulations are expected next year.
The governor said “once the federal rule making is finalized, it would
be appropriate to engage in discussions relating to implementation of the act,
including whether or not a driving only certificate is appropriate” in the
Cedillo is expected to introduce his latest effort during the
legislative session that began Wednesday, Jan. 4.