SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — Illegal immigrants will no longer have to fear losing their vehicles during routine traffic stops if a bill passed by the Assembly becomes law.
AB1993 would allow people caught driving without a license to call a licensed driver to retrieve their vehicle.READ MORE: Fire Contained on Cargo Ship Off Monterey; Crews to Determine If Vessel Can Be Towed to Oakland
Democratic Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, of San Francisco, said she wrote the bill so that illegal immigrants will no longer have to give up their cars because they cannot pay hefty impound fees.
Several Republican lawmakers spoke against the bill. Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks said it would encourage immigrants to skirt the law and could lead to more traffic deaths.READ MORE: Vandenberg AFB Renamed 'Vandenberg Space Force Base'
A handful of cities, including San Francisco, have already adopted similar impound policies.
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