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Senator Jacobs introduces bill to revoke Green Light law

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Posted at 7:20 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 19:20:23-04

NEW YORK (WKBW) — New York State Senator Chris Jacobs announced Wednesday he has introduced legislation that would revoke the Green Light law.

Illegal immigrants have the ability to acquire a driver's license under the Green Light law.

“I think many of the legislators who voted for this bill in Albany are now hearing from their constituents back home that they are angry and offended that they voted for such a flawed and dangerous piece of legislation. Given the greater scrutiny the new law is receiving, and the legal challenges being mounted against it, I truly believe if this vote were held again the results would be very different.
Senator Chris Jacobs

Locally, all State Senators voted along party line, with Republicans voting against, and Democrats voting for.

Senator Tim Kennedy (D) told 7 Eyewitness News ahead of the vote that he supports the bill saying in part, "We're protecting people across the state. We're ensuring that our roads are safe and that we are strengthening our economy at the same time."

Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns vowed not to enforce the law, later stating he would be filing a federal lawsuit against Governor Cuomo, Attorney General Letitia James and the New York Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles Marks Schroeder.