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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3277         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3285

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Tricia Farley-Bouvier and Patricia D. Jehlen

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to safe driving.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Tricia Farley-Bouvier

3rd Berkshire

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

William N. Brownsberger

Second Suffolk and Middlesex

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

26th Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Daniel A. Wolf

Cape and Islands

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Kenneth J. Donnelly

Fourth Middlesex

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Marcos A. Devers

16th Essex

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

Michael Barrett

Third Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Jeffrey Sánchez

15th Suffolk

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Paul A. Schmid, III

8th Bristol

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3277        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3285

By Ms. Farley-Bouvier of Pittsfield and Senator Jehlen, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3285) of Tricia Farley-Bouvier and others relative to the issuance of motor vehicle driver’s licenses to persons ineligible for a social security cards .  Transportation. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to safe driving.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Section 8 of chapter 90 of the General Laws, as appearing the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting in line 11, after the word “require”, the following paragraph:

              Nothing in this section shall permit the registrar to deny a license to operate motor vehicles or learner’s permit application based on a failure by a Massachusetts resident ineligible for a social security number to provide a social security number or evidence of immigration status. 

              SECTION 2.  Section 8B of chapter 90 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting in line 7, after the word “require”, the following paragraph:

              Nothing in this section shall permit the registrar to deny a license to operate motor vehicles or learner’s permit application based on a failure by a Massachusetts resident ineligible for a social security number  to provide a social security number or evidence of immigration status. 

              SECTION 3.  Chapter 90 of the General Laws, is hereby amended by inserting after section 8B the following section:

              Section 8B½. A license to operate motor vehicles or learner’s permit may, under the rules and regulations established by the registrar, be issued to a Massachusetts resident ineligible for a social security number. 

              (a) A driver’s license issued to a holder ineligible for a social security number shall be valid for a period of four years, provided that a holder who becomes eligible for and obtains a social security number prior to the expiration of the license may apply for renewal at that time. 

              (b) A holder of a license issued under this section shall be subject to any and all provisions of the General Laws and any and all implementing regulations to the same extent as any other person issued a driver’s license, unless otherwise provided in the General Laws or by administrative rule, including but not limited to the examination requirements in section 8 of this chapter as well as the mandatory insurance requirements and penalties set forth in sections 1A and 34J of this chapter.

              (c) A license issued under this section is invalid if the holder is unable to provide proof of liability insurance upon the request of a law enforcement officer.

              (d) A license issued under this section shall not confer eligibility for any public benefit.  A license issued under this section shall be visually distinct, in such manner as the Registrar shall prescribe, from a license issued to a holder who is eligible for a social security number.

              (e) The Registrar shall adopt rules for implementing this section, including designating acceptable evidence that an applicant is ineligible for a social security number.

              (f) The Registrar shall have authority to prescribe by regulations a required driver’s training program to orientapplicantsfor a license issued under this section to driving rules specific to the United States.  Such a training programmay, in the discretion of the Registrar, include programs offered by licensed private driver’s schools.

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