SACRAMENTO--A bill that would allow people in the country illegally to get a driver's license cleared its final legislative hurdle Thursday night and is on its way to the governor.
The measure would allow the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue a license to a qualified driver even if that person cannot provide proof of citizenship.
"We've had far too many families that have been divided, far too many workers that have been deported for not having something so basic, so simple as a driver's license," said its author, Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville).
The 55-19 Assembly vote capped off a roller-coaster day for the measure, which had been shelved for the year. Sens. Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) and Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) resurrected the bill on the Senate floor Thursday afternoon. Alejo initially indicated he'd keep the bill on hold, but it ultimately came to the Assembly floor later that night.