Sunday, February 04, 2007

Revolt against Real ID growing?

I hate to be optimistic about anything going on in Washington, D.C., or our state capitals, but I have to be encouraged by the opening line of this news story, because its wording indicates the reporter "gets it": "A revolt against a national driver's license, begun in Maine last month, is quickly spreading to other states."

The story notes that if states don't comply by May 2008, "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."

State Rep. James Guest of Missouri has put together a group of lawmakers in 34 states to introduce bills that oppose or at least protest Real ID.

It's a little too soon to say the tide is turning against this latest invasion of our privacy, but these signs are not discouraging - and even that is a nice change of pace.
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