Undocumented immigrants may soon be able to get a driver's license in California. The state Legislature on Thursday night approved the bill during the final hours of this year's legislative session last night. On Wednesday, Watsonville Assemblyman Luis Alejo had said he would hold his bill for a vote until next year, but the bill was reintroduced and passed both houses last night. Governor Jerry Brown has indicated he will probably sign the bill.
Governor Brown is also promising to sign a bill to increase the state's minimum wage to ten dollars an hour. Both houses of the Legislature passed the bill late last night. The new law would raise the state's minimum wage from the current eight-dollars an hour up to nine bucks an hour by next year, and up to ten-dollars an hour by 2016.
In addition, the Legislature is sending Governor Brown a bill that would reform the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA for projects throughout California. Assemblyman Roger Dickinson says the modernization of CEQA is a win for the economy and environment. The bill would speed up the judicial review of any environmental lawsuits. SB 743 contains additional provisions to expedite the environmental review for a new downtown Sacramento sports arena.
The current legislative session ends on Friday at midnight.