Skip to comments.Immigration politics stall license bill(CA)
Posted on 08/18/2006 10:00:35 AM PDT by radar101
Fearing a voter backlash this fall, Democratic lawmakers Thursday derailed legislation to allow illegal immigrants to obtain California driver's licenses. For the eighth consecutive year, legislation pushed by state Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, that has provoked deep emotions on both sides of the immigration debate has apparently failed.
Unlike last year, when the legislation was vetoed by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger -- who had vowed to do so again -- Democrats in the Assembly pre-emptively shelved Senate Bill 1160.
This time, the measure died without a vote in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
"My intention and expectations are to move the bill to the (Assembly) floor and to the governor's desk as soon as possible," Cedillo said.
But in order for the legislation to be resurrected, the Appropriations Committee would have to meet again -- which is unlikely because that would require a two-thirds vote of the Assembly.
Cedillo blamed Speaker Fabian Núñez and election-year politics for Thursday's development. A spokesman for Núñez said the decision was made by Assemblywoman Judy Chu, D-Monterey Park.
"My understanding is, it was the decision of the appropriations chair not to bring up the bill," Núñez spokesman Richard Stapler said.
In a prepared statement, Chu noted that she has voted for the legislation several times because it would improve public safety.
"However, it has come to a point where a rational, productive
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What the voters want is only an issue immediately before an election.
'One Bill Gill' is at it again.
DemoRats. Worse than the political cockroaches that they are, always trying to give away America FOR VOTES. Drivers licenses for ILLEGAL CRIMINALS. Total liberal socialist insanity.
If they'd passed this bill, would the state have lost federal highway funds?
The ONE AMERICA team rides again.
Why hasn't term limits taken ol' on bill gil out yet?
I honestly don't know.
Assembly: 3 terms (6 years)
Senate: 2 terms (8 years)
he was elected in 2002
lifelong resident of Los Angeles, Gilbert Cedillo was elected as the State Senator from Californias 22nd District, in November 2002 and is proud to represent the diverse cities of Los Angeles, Alhambra, Maywood, San Marino, South Pasadena, and Vernon. Prior to his election in the Senate, Gilbert Cedillo served his constituents as the Assemblyman of Californias 46th District (1998-2002). His legislative record demonstrates his strong commitment to tackling tough issues and making real improvements in the day-to-day lives of the people he represents.
He was an assemblyman before that. He has done what many California politicians do, just switch places.
'bout damned time they feared the voters. By and large, folks are mighty pissed off about Criminal Aliens.
They don't fear the voters. They will just wait until election season is over and then do as they dam well want......just like they always do.
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