Supervisor ARGOTSINGER offered the following Resolution and moved its adoption:

RESOLUTION OPPOSING PROPOSED STATE LEGISLATION KNOWN
AS THE “DRIVER'S LICENSE ACCESS AND PRIVACY ACT”
CONCERNING UNDOCUMENTED INDIVIDUALS
(S01747-A, A03675-A)

WHEREAS, holding a driver’s license in New York State is a privilege, not a right; and

WHEREAS, if the Drivers License Access and Privacy Act is passed, it would permit undocumented persons who are present in the United States illegally under federal law to obtain a driver’s license; and

WHEREAS, New York State presently suspends or revokes driver’s licenses for various illegal acts, including non-payment of child support, delinquent taxes and refusal to submit to a breath test, yet passage of this Act would reward illegal entry into the United States with a driver’s license; and

WHEREAS, adoption of the Act would creat unacceptable security risks; and

WHEREAS, undocumented immigrants would have the opportunity to answer “yes” to whether they are a U.S. citizen, and if they falsely answer, “yes” they would automatically be able to illegally register to vote, despite both actions being in violation of state and/or federal law; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Fulton County Board of Supervisors hereby opposes the adoption of the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act (S01747-A, A03675-A) as it concerns issuance of licenses to undocumented individuals; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That certified copies of this Resolution be forwarded to the County Treasurer, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator James Tedisco, Assemblyman Robert Smullen,  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Charles Schumer, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Board of Elections Commissioners, New York State Association of Counties, Administrative Officer/Clerk of the Board.

Seconded by Supervisor HOWARD and adopted by the following vote:
TOTAL:  Ayes: 430 (16)   Nays: 6 (1) (Supervisor Rice) 
 Absent: 115 (3) (Supervisors  Handy, Wilson and Young)
 

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