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States Challenge Nat'l Driver's License

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posted on Feb, 5 2007 @ 12:42 AM


WASHINGTON (AP) - A revolt against a national driver's license, begun in Maine last month, is quickly spreading to other states.

The Maine Legislature on Jan. 26 overwhelmingly passed a resolution objecting to the Real ID Act of 2005. The federal law sets a national standard for driver's licenses and requires states to link their record-keeping systems to national databases.

Within a week of Maine's action, lawmakers in Georgia, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Vermont and Washington state also balked at Real ID. They are expected soon to pass laws or adopt resolutions declining to participate in the federal identification network.

"It's the whole privacy thing," said Matt Sundeen, a transportation analyst for the National Conference of State Legislatures. "A lot of legislators are concerned about privacy issues and the cost. It's an estimated $11 billion implementation cost."

The law's supporters say it is needed to prevent terrorists and illegal immigrants from getting fake identification cards.

States will have to comply by May 2008. If they do not, driver's licenses that fall short of Real ID's standards cannot be used to board an airplane or enter a federal building or open some bank accounts.

About a dozen states have active legislation against Real ID, including Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming.

Missouri state Rep. James Guest, a Republican, formed a coalition of lawmakers from 34 states to file bills that oppose or protest Real ID.

Though most states oppose the law, some such as Indiana and Maryland are looking to comply with Real ID, Sundeen said.

The issue may be moot for states if Congress takes action.

Renster:Lets hope more states join the fight!!!!

posted on Feb, 5 2007 @ 01:07 AM
States refusing to comply are certainly free to do so, but will only inconvenience the majority of their citizens.

Citizens of these states will no longer be able to use their state driver's license to enter federal buildings, any airports, or any other situation where a federally recognized ID will be required. These citizens will most likely be force to have to buy a federal passport in order to live their everyday lives. I don't see how this really helps anyone.

Luckly, I already have a passport, but many U.S. citizens don't.

posted on Feb, 5 2007 @ 01:16 AM
This is another major step towards the NWO forceing the states to go along with this and taking away rights to make sure it gets done the GOVERNMENTS way. Not what the PEOPLE wants. But what the GOVERNMENT wants. Clearly this is not good. Soon enough it will be the chip in the hand or no buying anything. Just do as the GOVERNMENT says and you will be fine. Dont do it and you will be consider a terrorist one day.

posted on Feb, 5 2007 @ 02:21 AM
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