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  • Greg Cannon
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070204/ap_on_re_us/real_id;_ylt=Ai9rYqUNFXYx5KfJthDvee7MWM0F;_ylu=X3oDMTA3MjBwMWtkBHNlYwM3MTg- States challenge nat l driver s
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 4, 2007

      States challenge nat'l driver's license

      By LESLIE MILLER, Associated Press Writer 23 minutes

      WASHINGTON - 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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