A legislative deal reached late Thursday to allow many more immigrants who are in the country illegally to obtain California driver’s licenses was greeted positively by those who said the law would help the economy and make roads safer.
The bill requires a special mark and notation on the licenses, the initials DP (driver’s privilege) instead of DL (driver’s license). The notation would say the document “does not establish eligibility for employment or public benefit.”
Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign the bill, which he said will “enable millions of people to get to work safely and legally.” On Friday, Robert Shirkey of Los Angeles agreed. “They deserve it,” Shirkey, 54, said. “It also puts money into the economy, I’m all for it.”
The bill, AB 60, by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville), originally would have provided licenses to immigrants who could show that they pay taxes or otherwise work in the United States. But it was changed to ask the Department of Motor Vehicles to determine what documentation would be required.
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