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Schwarzenegger Vetoes Driver’s License, Maternity Bills

Governor Schwarzenegger has vetoed legislation that would have allowed illegal immigrants to get California driver´s licenses and required health plans to cover maternity care and hearing aids for children.

He´s also turned down bills that would have established charity care policies for hospitals, taken steps to prevent the closing of acute care hospitals and required hospitals to use lifting devices or lifting teams to move heavy patients.

The driver´s license veto was not a surprise. Schwarzenegger campaigned against legislation enacted last year to allow illegal immigrants to get the licenses, and lawmakers later overturned that law.

However, Schwarzenegger said he would be willing to sign a new driver´s license bill that included adequate security requirements.

The dispute came down to whether the legislation would require licenses to include some kind of mark identifying the holder as an illegal immigrant. Bill supporters said that requirement could lead to discrimination.