Thursday, January 25, 2007

States Decide to Oppose Federal ID Cards

State lawmakers in Montana have introduced legislation that would reject the federal Real ID Act of 2005. Sponsors say the act was an attempt by the federal government to usurp power from individual state governments and threatened an individual’s right to privacy.

State legislatures in Georgia, Massachusetts and Washington have similar bills pending, and more states are likely to follow suit, according to Matt Sundeen of the National Council of State Legislatures. An effort to pass a similar law in New Hampshire failed during its last legislative hearing.

"Our purpose here, members of the committee, is to lead other state legislatures and other governors in a similar effort," said Rep. Brad Wiseman, a sponsor of legislation that would repeal the Real ID Act.

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer signaled he would support such legislation.

"I'd like to say thanks to the last congress, but no thanks," said the governor's policy adviser, Hal Harper. "No thanks, please."


Blogger Mr. Toast said...

Click here for the full article.

7:59 AM, January 25, 2007  
Blogger rob_star said...

Good! I hope more states follow suit.

1:39 PM, January 25, 2007  
Blogger Mr. Toast said...

Me too! We have a decent chance in our state, as it was a Rebublican who sponsored Arkansas' version of the Real ID Act. Maybe the Democrats will see that it gets overturned.

4:32 PM, January 25, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it curious how the feds are now requiring a passport for travel to Mexico, Canada, the Carribean, etc. Yet illegal aliens don't need no steenkin passports.

We see what you're up to, Bush- your North American worker's card.

4:40 PM, January 25, 2007  
Blogger Mr. Toast said...

BOSTON (Reuters) - Maine lawmakers on Thursday became the first in the nation to demand repeal of a federal law tightening identification requirements for drivers' licenses, a post-September 11 security measure that states say will cost them billions of dollars to administer.

Maine lawmakers passed a resolution urging repeal of the Real ID Act, which would create a national digital identification system by 2008. The lawmakers said it would cost Maine about $185 million, fail to boost security and put people at greater risk of identity theft.

Maine's resolution is the strongest stand yet by a state against the law, which Congress passed in May 2004 and gave states three years to implement. Similar repeal measures are pending in eight other states.

Full Article

6:05 PM, January 25, 2007  
Blogger Mr. Toast said...

Unfortunately, the ACLU has jumped in on this. This may result in the reflexive, brainless choosing of sides.

6:06 PM, January 25, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, thanks to Doug Matayo virtually all of the provisions are in place in Arkansas.

11:41 AM, January 26, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Maine isn't as firm in their resistance as Montana. Maine is holding out due to the massive state funding required to implement it, whereas the Montana legislature's argument is that it infringes upon states' rights.

1:41 PM, January 26, 2007  

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