Bill cleans up immigrant driver’s license program

FENIT NIRAPPIL, Associated Press
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Sample California driver's license.

Sample California driver’s license. (Photo: DMV)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are tweaking a program Gov. Jerry Brown approved last year to grant driver’s licenses to immigrants who are in the country illegally, after businesses and advocates raised concerns.

The Assembly on Thursday voted 47-to-15 to clarify provisions of AB60.

AB1620, by Democratic Assemblyman Luis Alejo of Watsonville, says applications for the licenses are confidential and won’t be subject to the state’s open records laws.

The original law prohibits California businesses from discriminating against workers who have special licenses by assuming the licenses prove the immigrants are here illegally. Responding to employer concerns, the new bill makes clear that businesses are not breaking state law if they do not hire workers to comply with federal immigration mandates.

The Department of Motor Vehicles plans to start issuing licenses by January.

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