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California Draft Registration/Driver License Bill Fails to Leave Committee

  • Proposal could still be reactivated
    through January 2002

Previous Alerts

The bill linking draft registration and driver's licenses in California, AB 1572, was kept in the "suspense file" by the Assembly Finance Committee and failed to meet the deadline for floor votes in the last legislative session. However, it was categorized as a two-year bill, which means it can be activated until January 2002 without having to start the committee process all over again.

ACTION NEEDED: Californians and national organizations outside the state should continue to send opposition letters to Assemblywoman Carole Migden, Chair, Assembly Appropriations Committee, State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814. For details on the bill, see the May-June-July 2001 Draft NOtices, check the COMD Web site or call us.

Update on Bill to Force High Schools to Accept Recruiters

As of November 2, 2001, there were reports that the amendment to the pending federal education bill that relates to military access to high schools was going to be approved by a joint House/Senate conference committee (see earlier alert).

The House amendment to the bill would require schools receiving federal funds to "permit regular United States Armed Services recruitment activities on school grounds, in a manner reasonably accessible to all students of such school." The Senate amendment restates an already-passed law that doesn’t contain legal or financial penalties for schools that limit recruiter access and relies, instead, on bringing political pressure to bear on noncooperating schools.

An Associated Press report on October 29 indicated the possibility of a compromise between the two education bill amendments that would only require that the military be given the same access to schools as is given to college and business recruiters. The report also implied that the financial penalty might be eliminated. If this is correct, it would mean that education and peace organizations succeeded in at least stalling the drive to expand the military’s influence on the civilian school system. However, a Los Angeles Times article on Nov. 2 implied that the harsher House amendment was going to prevail, which would use financial coercion to enact broad access rights for the military.

Information sources: Associated Press, Oct. 29, 2001; Los Angeles Times, Nov. 2, 2001.

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