BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) — If the Legislature has its way, drivers may soon have to provide a driverâ€™s license, social security number or other proof of legal residence at the RMV to register a car. This week the Senate and House struck down Governor Deval Patrickâ€™s attempt to weaken that measure.
â€śWeâ€™re simply saying you ought to have proof of legal residence and so he sends back that amendment and says how about just your residence, just proof of residence, well thatâ€™s not good enough,â€ť said Sen. Michael Knapik (R-Westfield).
At issue is public safety. Following a string of high profile car accidents in the Commonwealth involving undocumented immigrants, lawmakers like Rep. Angelo Puppolo (D-Springfield) say there needs to be stronger reform to keep them off the roads.
â€śMore importantly, providing safe drivers on the road to make sure that drivers that are on the road are, you know, know the laws, know how to drive and are here legally,â€ť said Puppolo.
Governor Patrick says he believes in strengthening public safety â€“ heâ€™s approved increased penalties for driving without a license or with a forged license and employing unlicensed workers as drivers. But when it comes to registering a vehicle, he says the Legislatureâ€™s measures are â€śmurkyâ€ť and â€śoverbroad.â€ť
â€śItâ€™s not clear why issues around ownership are about public safety,â€ť said Patrick.
The governor has 10 days to sign or veto the amendments. The Legislature expects him to veto them, in which case the House and Senate can override his veto with a two-thirds majority.
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kobekhan1 | July 13 2012 7:56pm
I went to the DMV in Springfield to register a boat trailer.I waited 2 hrs and 20 min before my number was called.Why not focus efforts on speeding things up at the DMV? Instead of adding more red tape!
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