Skip to comments.Sen. Cedillo says, 'This is the year' - Will eighth time be the charm for driver's license bill?
Posted on 12/29/2005 3:33:05 PM PST by calcowgirl
Legislation to grant California driver's licenses to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants will be pushed in 2006 for the eighth year in a row - and this time the iron is hot for success, its author contends.
"The dynamics have changed dramatically, and in our favor," said Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles.
Cedillo said the new bill will be very similar to Senate Bill 60, vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in October.
California's political scene has shifted significantly since then, Cedillo said, citing three examples:
* All four of Schwarzenegger's government "reform" proposals were defeated in the Nov. 8 special election, prompting the governor to reach out to Democratic leaders.
* A shake-up of Schwarzenegger's top-level Cabinet elevated Republicans Fred Aguiar and Dan Dunmoyer, and Democrats Susan Kennedy and Daniel Zingale, all of whom Cedillo says are pragmatic, knowledgeable and not closed-minded on the issue.
* Even in conservative districts, voters are becoming less extremist, as evidenced by the recent Orange County election of state Sen. John Campbell, R-Irvine, over Jim Gilchrist to fill a vacant congressional seat, Cedillo said.
"This is the year," Cedillo said of prospects for his bill, which will be introduced when the Legislature reconvenes on Jan. 4.
Supported by most Democratic lawmakers, Cedillo's push to grant driver's licenses to illegal immigrants has passed the Legislature each of the past six years but died in gubernatorial offices.
Gov. Gray Davis signed such legislation in 2003, but was recalled from office shortly thereafter, partly as a backlash to that decision.
Schwarzenegger, after succeeding Davis, persuaded the Legislature to repeal the bill before it became law.
Now two years later, Schwarzenegger may desire a closer rapport with Democratic leaders, but switching gears on SB 60 could backfire - especially in an election year, Mehlman said.
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This guy is such a broken record...
One Bill Gil Strikes again!
Stay vigilent. The Leftists DO NOT give up.
This little traitor will never give up.
Hes no traitor. Hes serving HIS country quite well.
I've said it before. You don't need any proof of citizenship to vote in California. We also have 'motor-voter' here so when all these illegal immigrants register for their driver's licenses, they can simply check a box and they will be registered to vote. I don't believe the illegal-licenses will pass a vote of the people in this state if it comes up on our ballot. The dem politicians making it a law without the population voting is a real possibility though. I do believe, however, Arnold will veto it every time it comes before him---a blessing.
No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No.
You are correct. My mistake.
I can see the "Great Pretender" going for this once he has no more elections to face. Wouldn't surprise me at all.
This guy can't be termed out soon enough.
Stay the course, California FReepers...just say NO!
Schwarzenegger on Driver Licenses for illegal aliens during a January Interview with Univision:
Interviewer: How would you deal with more conservative members of the legislature...?
Schwarzenegger: Again, it's one of those things where we all have to get together and see that this is a good idea and this is the way to move forward. So, I am talking to my Republican friends all the time about it, and also to my Democratic friends. We will do it.
"Our staffs have met, and they're working on this together," said Vincent Salido, spokesman for the Republican governor
Governor: "Absolutely...yes. This is what we are going to work on. This is what we are going to talk about, but right now the most important thing is to get this passed (the repeal of SB 60) so we can move to other issues. I think Senator Cedillo was extremely gracious and helpful with this whole thing. He is a great leader, he understood what would be the best thing for California; rather than just doing an immediate fix, but to make everybody happy. It doesn't make sense if the majority of Californians run around and hate the idea of undocumented immigrants having drivers licenses because there is no background check, because it doesn't solve the problem with insurance. Let's do it the right way, let's make every Californian happy and let's make the undocumented immigrants happy."
Schwarzenegger, in vetoing SB 60, said the bill was "premature and could undermine national security efforts to identify individuals who pose enormous risk to the safety of California."
Schwarzenegger added that California should not act on such matters until federal regulations are adopted for the Real ID Act.
Spell check and preview post is your friend. I have to be reminded now and then myself.
Someone needs to terminate Gil Seditious Cedillo.
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