Jeff Klein on Spitzer Driver’s License Proposal: Maybe

Here’s a photo of state Senators Malcolm Smith and Jeff Klein with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during their trip to DC yesterday.

Earlier, I asked Klein, a Democrat in the Bronx, about Eliot Spitzer’s plan to allow illegal immigrants to obtain a state driver’s license. He told me, “I think it is only useful if it is used as a means to create a database of people we know nothing about. And if that’s not the case, I wouldn’t be in favor of it.”

Here’s more from Klein:

“Well, I haven’t really decided which way or the other. I read through the commissioner of Motor Vehicles proposal. I think it all is contingent on this technology and whether or not this technology that is supposed to be utilized by the department of motor vehicles can effectively verify the validity of the passport and make sure that one person doesn’t get more than one driver’s license.

“I understand the opportunity he’s trying to create of having over one million illegal immigrants have, like, a database, with their name, their picture, address and everything else. The DMV database is something that can be used very effectively by law enforcement. But I think there is a big if because of this technology. And I want to make sure it really is effective and can work.

“Right now, I’m a little bit doubtful because you have an agency, the DMV, that can’t prevent people from waiting on line for two hours to renew their licenses, and whether or not their going to have this state of the art technology being able to track fraud.” Jeff Klein on Spitzer Driver’s License Proposal: Maybe