February 19, 2011

Senate Bill 251 (California) links draft registration to California drivers' licenses

A new bill, Senate Bill 251, has been introduced in the California state legislature that would make registration for any future draft automatic when males between the ages of 18 and 26 apply for a driver's license or license renewal (full text below).
As of February 18, the bill had only been referred to the senate rules committee for possible assignment to policy committees. You can follow the bill and subscribe for email alerts whenever any action occurs at:
This is the fifth time that supporters of the Selective Service System, the agency responsible for operating any future draft, have attempted to get such a bill through the California legislature. Organized opposition succeeded in preventing the previous bills (in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2007) from receiving final floor votes. California is among about a dozen states that have not passed bills linking draft registration to drivers' licenses. Because of its large population and very low registration compliance rate, California probably has the largest number of nonregistrants in the nation, so this bill is must be high on the list of priorities for the Selective Service System.
For future alerts and information on how you can help defeat this bill, contact: Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft (COMD), comdsd@aol.com, 760-753-7518, www.comdsd.org.

-thanks to Rick Jankow

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