BOSTON (WWLP) — Last week, the Work and Family Mobility Act, better known as the Driver Licensing Act, went into effect in Massachusetts.
Both the House and Senate voted to override the governor’s veto of the driver’s license bill, and on Monday a bill-signing ceremony was held to celebrate the moment.
The Democratic majority in Beacon Hill proved to be stronger than the Governor’s veto by an overwhelming majority. The House overruled the Governor’s veto 119-36 and the Senate overruled it 32-8.
Opponents of the bill believe it could lead to voter fraud and deter undocumented immigrants from applying for citizenship. Proponents of the bill believe it will make the roads safer by ensuring all drivers are educated and insured.
Springfield Senator Adam Gomez said, “We have a lot of people who live in our district who really, really need this resource of a license to get their kids to school, to go to their appointments. you to the doctor, to keep our streets safer and to get to work.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Geoff Diehl and lieutenant governor candidate Leah Cole Allen said they would support a ballot question asking voters to repeal the law. State law allows individuals to hold a referendum to overturn a newly enacted law if they collect more than 40,000 signatures within 90 days of the law’s passage.
If opponents pursue this line of action, the issue could be on the ballot for the Nov. 8 election. From now on, from next July, undocumented migrants will be able to apply for a driving licence.