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Tuesday, Sep 17 2013 01:21 PM

'First Look': Grove discusses driver's license bill, prison realignment

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    California Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, talks about driver's licenses and prison realignment on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

A bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses was sent to California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 11.

Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, said Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox" that she voted against it, and said she's keeping an open mind that it might not be signed into law.

Under Assembly Bill 60, the license would have the initials DP (driver's privilege) rather than DL (driver's license), and would state that the document "does not establish eligibility for employment or public benefit," Grove said.

Grove said the bill would hurt business owners and banks because the lines of who's legal and who isn't would blur.

Simulcast host Scott Cox said he thought it would be signed into law and would end up being a regular driver's license.

Another bill causing much angst is Assembly Bill 109, or prison realignment, which among other things places non-violent, non-serious non-sexual offenders under county-level supervision.

Grove said there is no need to release inmates to the streets, suggesting the use of private prisons.

Cox agreed and said he doesn't understand how California taxpayers don't see the state's problems and try to fix them.

"I don't care how liberal you are, the state is broke so let's do something about it," Cox said.

Additionally, Grove talks about Honor Flights. Grove and Judy McCarthy, wife of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, will skydive into Kern County Raceway Park Saturday to raise money for Kern County Honor Flight. People can donate at honorflightkerncounty.org.

 

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