Kolb Calls for Action to Stop Spitzer’s Plan

Assembly Minority Propose Measures to Block Gov’s Illegal Licensing Plan
October 22, 2007

With the Assembly convening for Session this week, Assemblyman Brian Kolb (R,C,I –Canandaigua) is calling on the leadership in the Assembly Majority to allow debate and a vote on legislation being presented in response to Governor Spitzer’s plan to issue driver’s licenses to illegal aliens.

“There is wide-spread, bi-partisan opposition across the state that stands against the governor’s plan to give driver’s licenses to illegal aliens,” said Kolb. “I am calling on my colleagues across the aisle, many of whom question the governor’s plan, to join the growing opposition to his plan and pass legislation that would prevent his illegal actions.”

The initiatives are part of Kolb’s earlier commitment to oppose Spitzer’s DMV changes and protect the county clerks that the governor is threatening to sue if they do not comply with his illegal DMV policy changes. The proposals are to be offered in the form of amendments to legislation brought to the floor by the Assembly Majority; they include the following:

  • “The County Clerk Protection Act”: a measure that defends and indemnifies County Clerks who refuse to break the law – and their oath of office – by implementing Governor Spitzer’s unlawful plan. The initiative shields County taxpayers from incurring the costs associated with a frivolous lawsuit brought by Governor Spitzer and also prevents him from removing a County Clerk; and
  • Blocking Governor Spitzer’s Plan: a measure requiring that all applicants for a driver’s license submit proof of fitness, age, photos, proof of identity, Social Security number or proof of ineligibility to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

“The governor missed his opportunity to state his arguments for the changes, which should have included public comment and involvement of the state Legislature. Spitzer is overstepping his authority by threatening elected county clerks and demanding they implement DMV policies that would violate state law. His threat to sue them into compliance is uncalled for and must be stopped,” added Kolb.