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File #: 55183    Version: 1 Name: Supporting the inclusion of Driver License for All provisions in the 2019 Wisconsin State Budget, to ensure equal access to driver licenses for all residents of Wisconsin.
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 3/25/2019 In control: Council Office
On agenda: 4/30/2019 Final action: 4/30/2019
Enactment date: 5/6/2019 Enactment #: RES-19-00330
Title: Supporting the inclusion of Driver License for All provisions in the 2019 Wisconsin State Budget, to ensure equal access to driver licenses for all residents of Wisconsin.
Sponsors: Shiva Bidar, Rebecca Kemble, Keith Furman, Sheri Carter, Marsha A. Rummel, Michael J. Tierney, Michael E. Verveer, Arvina Martin, Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Syed Abbas, Tag Evers, Avra Reddy, Zachary Henak, Grant Foster, Patrick W. Heck, Lindsay Lemmer, Christian A. Albouras, Samba Baldeh, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Donna V. Moreland, Paul E. Skidmore
Attachments: 1. Widen the Road Fact Sheet.pdf
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution calls on Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin State Legislature to include in the 2019-2021 State Budget provisions to restore access to driver licenses for all without regard to immigration status, and to end the practice of suspending driver licenses because someone lacks money to pay fines, or for minor non-driving offenses. No appropriation required.
Title
Supporting the inclusion of Driver License for All provisions in the 2019 Wisconsin State Budget, to ensure equal access to driver licenses for all residents of Wisconsin.
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WHEREAS, all residents of Wisconsin, regardless of immigration status or income, should have equal access to driver’s licenses; and,

WHEREAS, Wisconsin currently bars an estimated 32,000 residents of our state from obtaining driver’s licenses due to their immigration status, of whom over 12,000 are the parents of U.S. citizen children; and,

WHEREAS, in 2017 alone, over 100,000 Wisconsin residents’ driver licenses were suspended not for any driving offense but solely for failure to pay fines for minor infractions; and,

WHEREAS, without a valid driver license, many people face barriers to meeting basic needs in day-to-day life, such as traveling to work, taking children to school, grocery shopping, going to medical appointments, and visiting places of worship; and,

WHEREAS, expanding access to driver’s licenses will likely reduce the number of uninsured drivers by at least 28,000, and result in lower insurance premiums for already-insured Wisconsin drivers, at a cost savings of $16 million; and,

WHEREAS, restoring access to driver’s licenses for all will allow more motorists to complete driver’s examinations and safety screenings; and,

WHEREAS, restoring access to driver’s licenses for all in Wisconsin will provide more residents with identification for law enforcement purposes, helping more people to come forward to work with law enforcement to report crimes, improving public safety for al...

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