Governor Jerry Brown today signed legislation allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain state drivers licenses. In response to concerns expressed by law enforcement and the Governor’s desire to ensure compatibility with federal standards governing state identification documents, the legislation, AB 60 (Alejo, D-Watsonville), was substantially amended in the final hours before the Legislature adjourned for the year last month. Western Growers and several other agriculture industry groups supported the bill in its earlier form. The late amendments present new questions about whether employers presented an AB 60 drivers license will have “constructive knowledge” that the license holder is not legally present in the U.S. The amendments require that the licenses carry a distinctive “Driving Privilege” mark and include a disclaimer stating that such a license “does not establish eligibility for employment.” The bill also provides that an employer may not discriminate against an individual possessing such a license.
WG’s Jason Resnick is working with other labor law experts to analyze the state law and federal laws in order to provide guidance to WG members. WG will also work with the Brown Administration as it crafts important regulations to implement AB 60 next year. The DMV has until Jan. 1, 2015, to begin accepting alternative documentation, but the Department may be able to begin issuing the licenses in September or October of next year, according to Assemblyman Luis Alejo.
Start Growing Today
Farming has never been more challenging, which is why Western Growers invests in fully committed advocates – your advocates – in Sacramento, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. Only Western Growers offers members so many business services, supported by more than 400 dedicated employees.