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April 21, 2007

Montana Says No To Real ID

by Doug Mataconis

Earlier this week, Montana became the latest state to say no to Real ID:

HELENA – Gov. Brian Schweitzer said “no, nope, no way, hell no” Tuesday to national driver’s licenses, signing into law a bill supporters say is one of the strongest rejections to the federal plan.

The move means the state won’t comply with the Real ID Act, a federal law that sets a national standard for driver’s licenses and requires states to link their record-keeping systems to national databases.

Though several states have either passed or are considering resolutions or bills against the act, Montana is the first state to outright deny its implementation, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

“This is the first one saying, ‘We’re not doing it,’ ” said Scott Crichton of the Montana ACLU.

Good for them. Similar rumblings of revolt have been heard from Maine, Arizona, Idaho, and Missouri.

Where does your state stand ?

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  1. Georgia gutted their version of a REAL ID Act bill last night.

    Comment by Jason Pye — April 21, 2007 @ 10:41 am
  2. According to ACLU-CT
    Connecticut is not ready to implement Real ID. Without federal rules (and funding) necessary to implement the law and with Congress looking to fix or repeal Real ID in 2007, Connecticut should not pass piecemeal legislation this year. We should wait until the 2008 legislative session to take next steps.

    RealID died last session in 2006..

    Looks like this year they are more concerned with gay marriage, universal healthcare and raising our taxes than complying with REALID

    Comment by Judy Aron — April 21, 2007 @ 1:22 pm
  3. REALID does none of what it proposes to do. It does, however, give the Federal government much more power and make it much easier to perpetrate identity theft.

    Aside from that, as Benjamin Franklin said to us 225 years ago:

    They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security

    Comment by Adam Selene — April 22, 2007 @ 10:19 am
  4. Is this even constitutional? Last time I checked, driver licensing was the purview of the states. If the Feds try to force compliance from the holdout states, I smell a challenge coming…

    Comment by Joshua — April 22, 2007 @ 11:43 am
  5. The ACLU has an interactive map about what’s going on in each state: Real Nightmare Map. There are a lot of states with rumblings, but only Montana and Washington have officially rejected the Real ID Act.

    Real ID has a host of issues — cost, privacy, security, and so much more — that make it something that folks across political and social spectrums oppose. The DHS window for public comments is open until May 8th. You can find instructions over at our blog, as well as links to a whole raft of information and ways you can get involved in helping stop Real ID from taking hold.

    Comment by Greg — April 22, 2007 @ 12:41 pm
  6. How many states have said no like Montana? How many are working toward saying no? Does any one know what Wyoming is doing?

    Comment by DE644 — April 23, 2007 @ 3:52 pm

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