Lawmakers target immigrant driver's license scams

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A bill headed to the governor's desk cracks down on people who try to make immigrants pay unnecessary fees for driver's licenses.

The state Assembly on Tuesday approved AB852 on a 64-9 vote.

The bill was inspired by scammers who offer driver's licenses at a cost of up to $1,000. Under a law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year, California will start issuing licenses to immigrants in the U.S. illegally in 2015.

The Department of Motor Vehicle plans to offer free help to immigrants, including translators. The bill by Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson of Sacramento slaps a $2,500 penalty on those who try to profit from filling out applications.

Also on Tuesday, lawmakers sent the governor bills mandating suicide prevention training for psychologists and prohibiting forced sterilization of prisoners.


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