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ASSEMBLYMEMBER GIL CEDILLO
46TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
For Immediate Release: August 18, 1999
Contact: David Galaviz
Phone: (916) 319-2046

CEDILLO TO CONTINUE FIGHT TO REVISE CALIFORNIA DRIVERS LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

DECISION WILL ENSURE THAT MEASURE RETAINS PLACE HALFWAY TO GOVERNOR'S DESK

(SACRAMENTO) - On Tuesday August 17th, Assembly Member Gilbert Cedillo withdrew AB 1463 from the Senate Transportation Committee agenda in order to ensure that the bill will survive. Cedillo's decision also avoids potential legislative roadblocks that prohibit the reintroduction of legislation for two years if a measure fails. AB 1463, which retains its place in the Senate Transportation Committee, will be heard next year.

This decision will also enable Cedillo to continue negotiations with members of the Senate Transportation Committee and Governor Davis in fashioning a bill that will benefit all Californians by enhancing public safety on California roads. AB 1463 modified California Drivers' License requirements by allowing individuals in the process of legalizing their immigration status to apply for a California Drivers License.

After the Senate Transportation Committee hearing, Cedillo stated "I withdrew this important public safety measure in order to guarantee its survival. In the interim, I will continue to work with the Senate and Governor Davis on this extremely important issue. All drivers should be allowed to apply for a drivers license for the simple reason that unlicensed drivers endanger everyone. Without adequate training and testing, a driver may never learn the rules of our roads. In addition, drivers who cannot lawfully obtain a license cannot obtain auto insurance. We are creating a pool of drivers who are unlicensed, uninsured and unsafe."

AB 1463 is supported by over seventy-five organizations including the Insurance Agents and Brokers Legislative Council, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, Los Angeles Police Protective League, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, California Catholic Charities, California Teamsters, Service Employees International, H.E.R.E, California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, and over 18,000 individuals.

AB 1463 will be heard in the Senate Transportation Committee in early 2000.

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Capitol Office: P.O. Box 942849 -- Sacramento, CA 94249-0001 -- (916) 319-2046
District Office: 617 S. Olive Street, Suite 700 -- Los Angeles, CA 90014 -- (213) 833-2900


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