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Stop Selective Service Automatic Registration Scheme!

The Selective Service System has returned to the California State Legislature for the second year in a row with a proposal to link Selective Service registration with California driver’s license applications. AB 1572 (Mike Briggs, R., Fresno) would automatically register California males between 18 and 26 years; those who do not wish to be registered must contact Selective Service to have their names withdrawn.

This bill is part of a national campaign to coerce young men into draft registration. To date, three states have passed, and 24 states are considering, similar legislation. If AB 1572 passes in California, it will be a major victory for the Selective Service System.

AB 1572 is scheduled for its first hearing on Monday, April 23. To make sure your letter is included in the official hearing record, it should be postmarked no later than Friday, April 13 or faxed no later than Monday, April 16. Write to: "Assembly Transportation Committee, Attn: Howard Posner, 1020 N Street, Room 112 Sacramento, CA 95814." Send a copy to your assembly member, especially if he or she is a member of the Transportation Committee (see list below) at: "State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814." Ask TEN people to join you in sending letters. If it is too late for you to respond for the April 23 hearing, contact one of the groups at the bottom of this alert for the current status of AB 1572.

Some suggested points to make (these are just to get you started; personal and original arguments are the most persuasive):

  • Since failure to register is already a federal felony, this bill sets up a felony trap for young men who ask to be withdrawn from the Selective Service registry.

  • This bill is aimed at low-income people and immigrants: Selective Service spokesperson Lewis Brodsky told AP in 1999 that "we suspect, based on the demographics we've seen, that it's high school dropouts and immigrants" who are not registering.

  • This bill requires the state to collude with a federal agency that has been under bipartisan attack in Congress. California Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Campbell as well as Congress Members Steve Horn (R-Long Beach) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) joined Democrats to sponsor a bill in the 106th Congress to abolish Selective Service and legislation to de-fund the System was passed by the same Congress, though later the vote was rescinded.

  • The Selective Service System already has easy access to young men through its taxpayer-funded media, Internet and high-school campus registration campaigns.


All numbers area code (916); the second number is fax.

John Dutra (D-Fremont) (Chair): 319-2020, -2120
Rod Pacheco (R-Riverside) (Vice Chair): 319-2064, -2164
Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel): 319-2073, -2173
Marco Firebaugh (D-Cudahy): 319-2050, -2150
Dean Florez (D-Bakersfield): 319-2030, -2130
Sally Havice (D-Bellflower): 319-2056, -2156
Dennis Hollingsworth (R-Temecula): 319-2066, -2166
Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego): 319-2076, -2176
Jay La Suer (R-La Mesa): 319-2077, -2177
Lynne Leach (R-Walnut Creek): 319-2015, -2115
Tim Leslie (R-Roseville): 319-2004, -2104
Carol Liu (D-Pasadena): 319-2044, -2144
John Longville (D-San Bernardino): 319-2062, -2162
Dennis Mountjoy (R-Arcadia): 319-2059, -2159
George Nakano (D-Torrance): 319-2053, 2153
Jenny Oropeza (D-Carson): 319-2055, -2155
Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto): 319-2021, -2121
Virgina Strom–Martin (D-Santa Rosa): 319-2001, -2101
Juan Vargas (D-National City): 319-2079, 2179

Assembly Transportation Committee phone/fax: 319-2093, -2193

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF AB 1572 (Mike Briggs, R-Fresno)

  • Requires male applicants for an original or a renewal driver's license or identification card, who are at least 18 years of age, but less than 26 years of age, to be registered in compliance with the requirements of the federal Selective Service act.

  • Declares that the submission of an application for a driver's license, driver's license renewal, or identification card is a conclusive presumption that the applicant either is registered with the Selective Service System or is authorizing the department to forward to the Selective Service System the necessary information for that registration.

  • Requires the California Department of Motor Vehicles to include on the application a notice to the applicant that his submission of the application serves as consent to registration with the Selective Service System. The application shall also include a notice that if the applicant does not wish to be registered as required by federal law, he may contact the Selective Service System, in writing, and request that his name be removed from the registry. The department shall also include on the application notice to each applicant that a person who is required to register with the Selective Service System, but fails to register, is subject to federal prosecution and is not eligible for certain state and federal programs and benefits linked to that registration requirement.

  • Requires the Department to forward, in an electronic format, the necessary personal information of the described applicants to the Selective Service System.

For more information and updates, contact: Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft, 619-265-1369, or the Friends Committee on Legislation of California, 916-443-3734.

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