Tuesday, April 17, 2007

And then there were four -- Montana says "no" to Real ID

The Governor of Montana today signed a bill rejecting the state's participation in the Real ID Act. Per this article on the Billings Gazette site...

Gov. Brian Schweitzer signed a law Tuesday rejecting national driver's licenses for Montanans, saying the message to the federal government was "no, nope, no way, hell no."

I wonder what he really means?

Maine, Idaho and Arkansas are the three other states that have passed and signed similar bills; in Washington, the bill has passed both branches of the legislature but hasn't been signed yet. Thanks to this great post on the blog Grits for Breakfast, you can learn about a resolution in the Texas House that will reject Real ID unless the Federal government pays for it. The resolution also mentions data security and identity theft, even though cost appears to be the biggest issue.



Henry said...

I thought New Hampshire also voted out Real ID, or so I thought I read over at www.freestateproject.com

Stop Real ID Now! said...

Henry -- I believe that there is a bill that was overwhelmingly approved by the NH House rejecting the Real ID Act, and that bill is now heading to the Senate. NH was opposing the Act back in early 2006, well ahead of other states, so I suspect the bill will pass the Senate as well.

Here's a link to a recent article on where things stand. And like you, I look forward to adding more states to the list!

jon said...

The ACLU's Real Nightmare site has a great page on the status of legislation in the various states: http://www.realnightmare.org/news/105/ ... they do a good job of keeping it up to date.


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