The governor’s funds predicts the state will spend $28 million implementing a brand new legislation that may enable unlawful immigrants to acquire a license to drive.
But the Registry of Motor Vehicles will want an infusion of money to tug it off by July 1 begin date, Gov. Maura Healey’s funds states.
“In support of this new law, (the budget) adds $28 million in funding to expand service hours at select RMV locations, add new customer service representatives and road test examiners to support additional applicants, and bolster support staff to ensure records and credentials are properly vetted and processed,” a funds briefing launched by Healey’s workplace reads, partly.
The Work and Family Mobility Act, handed into legislation by the Legislature in early June of 2022 over the veto of former Gov. Charlie Baker, will enable immigrants who can not display their authorized standing to nonetheless use documentation from their house nation to use for and obtain driver’s license.
Baker, after the legislation’s passage regardless of his protest, requested the Legislature to ship the RMV $9.2 million to assist implement the brand new legislation by this July.
Healey, in submitting her funds for fiscal 2024, asks for greater than thrice that.
“This law represents a monumental step forward for safety and equity in the Commonwealth, ensuring that drivers on Massachusetts roadways have demonstrated their knowledge of driving laws and are able to access insurance coverage,” the funds abstract reads. “New applicants will pay the standard transaction fees at the Registry bringing in additional revenue that will largely offset these implementation costs.”
After the legislation’s legislative passage, a gaggle opposing the measure gathered the signatures required to ask voters whether or not to maintain the measure or throw it out. About 53% of voters selected to uphold the brand new legislation, which had the backing of a number of police organizations.
Advocates say Healey’s funds is a “critical investment that will make the state safer for all drivers.”
“Over time, these implementation costs will more than be recouped and the Commonwealth will see increased revenues from license application and renewal fees. This law is critical to ensuring all qualified drivers, regardless of immigration status, follow the same rules of the road,” Elizabeth Sweet, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, informed the Herald in a written assertion.
The legislation is due for implementation by July 1.
That’s additionally when the funds is due, nevertheless it’s not usually delivered on schedule. That means, extra probably than not, the legislation will go into impact with out the additional funding in place.