Proposal to Make Draft Registration Mandatory for a Driver’s License Moves through the California Legislature
LETTERS TO SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE NEEDED IMMEDIATELY! California’s large population has one of the lowest Selective Service registration rates in the country, which helps make a return to the draft less likely. Selective Service, however, is asking the California state legislature to boost registration compliance by making it mandatory in order to receive a California driver’s license. This proposal, which failed on five previous occasions, recently passed the state Assembly. It is now being considered by the state Senate.
Proposed by Assemblymember Rocky Chávez (R-Oceanside), Assembly Bill 2201 seeks to use DMV records to automatically register males with Selective Service when they apply for a license or license renewal. It is now waiting to for a hearing by the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee.
ACTION CALIFORNIANS CAN TAKE: Immediately send letters to the Transportation and Housing Committee. We’ve included a set of updated talking points to consider when writing to legislators. NOTE: Send faxes, if possible, since regular mail is now slowed by capitol security checks. Write to:
Senate Transportation and Housing Committee
State Capitol, Room 2209
Sacramento, California 95814
Phone (916) 651-4121, fax (916) 445-2209
Note that messages sent to the above will be seen by key committee staff.
The committee does not automatically circulate copies of letters to all of
its members, so you should fax directly to any individuals you especially
wish to contact:
Senator Mark DeSaulnier, Dem. (Chair), Fax: (916) 651-4907
Senator Ted Gaines, Rep. (Vice Chair), Fax: (916) 651-4901
Senator Jim Beall, Dem. Fax: (916) 651-4915
Senator Anthony Cannella, Rep. Fax: (916) 651-4912
Senator Cathleen Galgiani, Dem. Fax: (916) 651-4905
Senator Ben Hueso, Dem. Fax: (916) 651-4940
Senator Ricardo Lara, Dem. Fax: (916) 651-4933
Senator Carol Liu, Dem. Fax: (916) 651-4925
Senator Fran Pavley, Dem. Fax: (916) 651-4927
Senator Richard Roth, Dem. Fax: (916) 651-4931
Senator Mark Wyland, Rep. Fax: (916) 446-7382
CHECK THE BILL’S STATUS: To confirm the current status of the bill and learn if it has gone on to the next committee (Appropriations), check the bill’ s status page at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html (select the ASSEMBLY house and type in the bill’s number, 2201). This is also where you can subscribe to receive email notices when the bill’s status changes.
IF YOU NEED GUIDANCE ON WHERE TO DIRECT LETTERS, CONTACT: Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft (COMD),
If you wish to contact your state representative in the Senate, find their names at http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/.
SOME POSSIBLE TALKING POINTS
- AB 2201 would violate another state law (AB 60). Under AB 2201, the DMV would be required to disclose information necessary to register license applicants with Selective Service. According to Selective Service, this information includes Social Security numbers, which the DMV also collects. Another bill (AB 60) has already been signed into law that prohibits the DMV from disclosing Social Security numbers to agencies such as Selective Service. AB 2201, therefore, would be in conflict with existing state law.
- Releasing DMV data under AB 2201 would violate restrictions on disclosing citizenship status. Under a separate new state law (AB 60), the DMV will collect data that can be used to identify individuals who do not have proof of legal residency in the U.S. The same law says that DMV residency data must not be used as a basis for investigating or detaining individuals. Federal agencies, however, are not bound by this state law, and Selective Service shares its registration data with U.S. Customs and Immigration Services “for collection and evaluation of data to determine a person’ s eligibility for entry/reentry into the United States and for U.S. citizenship” (SSS Form 1). If the DMV data used to register individuals with Selective Service identifies those who lack proof of legal residency, it will flag them for possible prosecution and deportation and, thus, negate the legislature’s intent under AB 60.
- AB 2201 would violate the state constitution. Under Article XIX of the California Constitution, revenue that funds the DMV can only be used for transportation-related infrastructure and the administration and enforcement of traffic and vehicle laws. Selective Service has “promised” funds to set up automatic registration but will not to cover the ongoing expense. AB 2201 would therefore use restricted DMV resources to operate an unrelated, federal program, and thus invite a constitutional challenge.
- Allowing the imposition of this sort of function for the DMV could open the door to escalating federal demands to use drivers’ licenses for many other unrelated purposes, at an unknown cost and with the possible consequence that more people will elect to drive without licenses.
- Selective Service is misleading the legislature by misrepresenting driver’s license laws in other states. SS has implied that laws similar to AB 2201 have been adopted in 40 states, four territories, and the District of Columbia. In fact, only 28 states have adopted laws like AB 2201. A survey done by the Center on Conscience and War found that the rest of the states, the District of Columbia, and all the various U.S. territories, have either rejected this proposal or adopted laws that only make Selective Service registration optional for license applicants.
- Even the federal government itself has not adopted AB 2201’ s automatic registration method. For example, when men apply for federal college financial aid, they must OPT IN on the application form to be registered with SS. If the federal government is not doing it, why should California fund and operate an automatic registration system for SS? · Selective Service already has easy access to reach young men through its taxpayer-funded media, Internet and high school campus registration campaigns.
- AB 2201 would make the state an active partner in gender discrimination. The Dept. of Defense no longer excludes females from most military jobs, yet Congress has continued to require only males to register for a possible future draft. AB 2201 would make the DMV an active participant in such discrimination. (Updated 6-9-2014)
Source: The Committee on Militarism and the Draft - http://comdsd.org