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AB-2201 Vehicles: driver’s license: selective service.(2013-2014)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 29, 2014
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 10, 2014

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2201


Introduced by Assembly Member Chávez
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Gordon, Hagman, Jones, Maienschein, and Wilk)
(Coauthors: Senators Block and Vidak)

February 20, 2014


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


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2201, as amended, Chávez. 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 require a person who is required to be registered with under the federal act and who submits an application for an original or a renewal of a driver’s license to be deemed to have consented to registration with the federal Selective Service System, as provided. The bill would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to include specified notices on an application for an original or renewal of a driver’s license and would require the department to forward the necessary personal information required for registration to the federal Selective Service System in an electronic format. The bill would make its provisions operative on January 1, 2016.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   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 federal Workforce Investment Act (29 U.S.C. Sec. 2801 et seq.), and citizenship for immigrants.
(c) California law requires selective service registration for state student financial aid, including Cal grants and financial aid for immigrants under the California Dream Act.
(d) 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.
(e) Forty states, four 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.
(f) 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 under 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, but at least 16 years of age, I understand that I will be registered upon reaching 18 years of age.”

(d)  The department shall require an application for an original or a renewal of a driver’s license to include a notice indicating the following:

“For applicants who object to conventional military service for religious or other conscientious reasons, alternative service information is available from the Selective Service System Internet Web site: http://www.sss.gov/FSaltsvc.htm”

(e) 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).
(f) This section applies to United States citizens and immigrants who are 16 years of age or older but less than 26 years of age who are applying for an original driver’s license or renewal and who are or will be required to register with the Selective Service System in accordance with the Military Selective Service Act.
(g) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2016.