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States Challenge Nat'l Driver's License
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Feb 4, 9:36 AM (ET)

By LESLIE MILLER

(AP) Rep. Jim Guest, R-King City, listens to debate Monday, May 1, 2006, in Jefferson City, Mo. (AP...
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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.

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If I remember, the reason that the Georgia Legislature was looking at blocking the REAL ID act, was that they wanted assurances that the information would be protected. Until they are satisfied that private information would be adequately protected, they are planning on blocking Georgia's conmpliance with the REAL ID Act.

"State government officials "have said clearly, this Real ID Act will 'impose technological standards and verification procedures, many of which are beyond the current capacity of even the federal government,'" said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in a speech last night, even though he voted for the measure. Several senators had requested that the driver's license measures be removed from the supplemental bill."

above from:
http://www.fcw.com/article88832-05-11-05-Web

Unfortunatly I don't have any quotes by Georgia Legislature's as of yet, but I think I originally heard about it on Georgia Public Broadcasting, in a news segment.

*edit*
Ran into some more forums regarding REAL ID act
http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/07/02/05/133210.shtml

and the AP news here
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20070204/D8N2UVDG0.html
 

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I refuse to get a passport.
Why would I want to visit another country that will more than likely spit on me, try to kill me and/or not allow my firearm(s)?
To hell with the rest of the world. We have enough battles to fight here.
 

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slabertooch, I see you didn't click the Source link in my post. It's the same article. :D

As for the REAL ID, I will find a way to wipe the electronic information. I will not willingly participate in violations of civil liberties.
 

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Ah yes, the little blue thingy at the bottom of your post, I salute you sir, for your mastery of concealment. :bowdown:

As for me too, I have a feeling that mine will "mysteriously need to be replaced many many times" hmmm maybe that's the key, a little civil disobedience of a just a few million people needing "replacements" could throw it out of whack. But it would have to happen in the beginning.
 

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slabertooch said:
Ah yes, the little blue thingy at the bottom of your post, I salute you sir, for your mastery of concealment. :bowdown:
My ninja skills win again!

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