Chairman Salas Issues Statement in Response to DMV Audit Request

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Joint Legislative Audit Committee denies audit request of DMV

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC), and Assemblymember Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) presented a bi-partisan audit request of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) related to the rollout of the Real ID and Motor Voter Program.  The committee consists of seven members of the Senate and seven members of the Assembly.  A majority vote from each house is necessary to approve an audit request. The DMV audit request received unanimous support in the Assembly on a 7-0 vote, but fell two votes short in the Senate with a final vote of 2-4 and one senator not voting.    

“I am disappointed by the Senate’s actions today to not provide additional oversight and accountability to the DMV.  Problems have plagued the DMV for years now,” said Assemblymember Salas.  “The public deserves answers and an independent audit can provide solutions to help improve and modernize the DMV to serve all Californians. As legislators, and in my role as Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, it is our job and duty to provide transparency and accountability when government is not working for the people. I will continue to work to ensure that the DMV remains accountable to serving the people of California in a timely and efficient manner and fixes their ongoing problems.”

The hearing can be viewed here.

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Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Hanford, Corcoran, Delano, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Avenal, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.