The Legislature's top lawyer says the Department of Motor Vehicles must secure permission and funding from state lawmakers before implementing programs to comply with identification standards for driver licenses ordered by Congress.In other Cedillo news:
Legislative Counsel Diane Boyer-Vine's opinion could give more clout to Democrats pushing to provide a distinguishable "driving only" certificate to those applicants who cannot prove they are in the United States legally, said Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles...
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vowed to veto any legislation passed before the Bush administration releases nationwide guidelines, such as requiring a birth certificate or passport, as part of the Real ID Act.
Cedillo acknowledged that the legislative counsel's opinions are routinely greeted with skepticism because she works for the majority Democrats.
"(Congress) told us to do this," he said. "The lawyer simply says (that) to do it legally and orderly, you must have legislation."
...Other Democrats on the committee were even more hostile to [eminent domain] reform. Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, questioned whether this was a real problem, and added, according to published reports, "Too often we legislate by hysteria." Well, the senator, who has used overheated rhetoric to promote driver's licenses for illegal immigrants and other fringe legislation, certainly knows what he's talking about there...
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