Frances Martel
Oct. 4, 2013

It’s been a whirlwind month for Gov. Jerry Brown—four weeks in which the California chief executive’s desk saw an anti-paparazzi bill and a bill to allow non-physicians to perform abortions, and he himself lofty praise in Rolling Stone.

The latest bill to pass his desk, granting illegal immigrants the ability to apply for driver’s licenses in the state, is “only the first step” of a national movement, the governor told a crowd yesterday.

The bill—now law—had sat at the governor’s desk before but was rejected by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Gov. Brown, in contrast, welcomed the change as giving undocumented California residents the ability to drive “legally and with respect,” an acknowledgement of “people who by their fervor, their faith, and their numbers transformed California.”

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