Friday, February 18, 2011

[SDCPJ] SB 251: New bill linking draft registration to California drivers' licenses

A new bill, Senate Bill 251, has been introduced in the California state legislature that would make registration for any future draft automatic when males between the ages of 18 and 26 apply for a driver's license or license renewal (full text below).
 
As of February 18, the bill had only been referred to the senate rules committee for possible assignment to policy committees. You can follow the bill and subscribe for email alerts whenever any action occurs at:
 
This is the fifth time that supporters of the Selective Service System, the agency responsible for operating any future draft, have attempted to get such a bill through the California legislature. Organized opposition succeeded in preventing the previous bills (in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2007) from receiving final floor votes. California is among about a dozen states that have not passed bills linking draft registration to drivers' licenses. Because of its large population and very low registration compliance rate, California probably has the largest number of nonregistrants in the nation, so this bill is must be high on the list of priorities for the Selective Service System.
 
For future alerts and information on how you can help defeat this bill, contact: Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft (COMD), comdsd@aol.com, 760-753-7518, www.comdsd.org.
 
 
BILL NUMBER: SB 251 INTRODUCED
BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY   Senator Correa

                        FEBRUARY 10, 2011

   An act to add Section 12801.3 to the Vehicle Code, relating to
vehicles.



LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SB 251, as introduced, Correa. Vehicles: driver's license:
selective service.
   Existing law establishes the practices and procedures for the
issuance of an original or a renewal of a driver's license.
   The federal Military Selective Service Act (federal act) requires
specified persons to register with the federal Selective Service
System.
   This bill would provide that, by submitting an application for an
original or a renewal of a driver's license, a person who is required
to register pursuant to the federal act is consenting to that person'
s registration with the federal Selective Service System. The bill
would require the department to forward to the federal Selective
Service System, in an electronic format, the necessary personal
information for the registration of that person in compliance with
the federal act.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  The Legislature finds and declares all of the
following:
   (a) California has one of the lowest Selective Service System
registration compliance rates in the nation.
   (b) Males who are between 18 and 26 years of age who fail to
register with the Selective Service System, as required by federal
law, face possible federal penalties and loss of federal benefits,
including student financial assistance, federal employment, such as
employment with the United States Postal Service, job training under
the Workforce Investment Act (28 U.S.C. Sec. 2801 et seq.), and
citizenship for immigrants.
   (c) The failure of young men to register with the Selective
Service System has resulted in the lifetime loss of over $100,000,000
in potential benefits over the last three years for young men in
California.
   (d) At least 37 states, three territories, and the District of
Columbia have enacted legislation related to the issuance of a driver'
s license in support of the Selective Service System registration.
   (e) To promote the fairness and equity of any future draft, to
ensure that important benefits associated with the registration
requirement are not lost, and to promote compliance with federal law,
the driver's license application process should be revised so that
every male applicant for an original driver's license or renewal who
is between 18 and 26 years of age consents to his registration with
the Selective Service System, as required by federal law.
  SEC. 2.  Section 12801.3 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:
   12801.3.  (a) Notwithstanding any other law, a person who is
required to be registered with the federal Selective Service System
pursuant to the federal Military Selective Service Act (50 U.S.C.
App. Sec. 451 et seq.) and who submits an application for an original
or a renewal of a driver's license is deemed to have consented to
registration with the federal Selective Service System.
   (b) The submission of an application for an original or a renewal
of a driver's license by a person specified in subdivision (a) shall
establish a conclusive presumption that the person has done either of
the following:
   (1) Registered with the federal Selective Service System in
compliance with the federal Military Selective Service Act.
   (2) Authorized the department to forward to the federal Selective
Service System the necessary information for the Selective Service
System registration when that person is required to register under
the federal Military Selective Service Act.
   (c) The department shall require an application for an original or
a renewal of a driver's license to include a notice indicating the
following:

   "By submitting this application, I am consenting to registration
with the Selective Service System, if required by federal law. If I
am under 18 years of age, I understand that I will be registered upon
reaching 18 years of age."

   (d) The department shall forward to the federal Selective Service
System, in an electronic format, the necessary personal information
required for the registration of a person specified in subdivision
(a).
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