Maine's resolution is "non-binding".
- Maine's resolution is "non-binding". See article
Maine bucks federal change to drivers licenses
State lawmakers say national ID system will fuel identity theft
Updated: 2:10 p.m. MT Jan 26, 2007
AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Legislature declared that it would refuse a
congressional order to change its drivers' licenses so they can serve
as national identification cards.
Supporters of Thursday's nonbinding resolution called the first of
its kind in the nation say the federal program would invite identity
theft and cost Maine taxpayers $185 million over the first five years.
Companion bill possible
In Maine, House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat,
acknowledged that Thursday's resolution is not binding. She said the
language saying the state "refuses" to comply with the law "is more
expressing our feeling and intent that we're not interested in
But Pingree added that companion legislation yet to be voted on directs
the secretary of state, who administers licensing laws, not to comply.
Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has said the law would be costly and
difficult to implement.
Senate Majority Leader Elizabeth Libby Mitchell, D-Vassalboro, sponsor
of the resolution, said Real ID "will do nothing to make us safer, but
it is our job as state legislators to protect the people of Maine from
just this sort of dangerous federal mandate."
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