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June 28, 2007

Two Defeats For RealID In One Month

by Doug Mataconis

Yesterday, it was New Hampshire, the Live Free or Die State, that said no to the Real ID Law:

New Hampshire on Wednesday rejected the federal Real ID Act as tantamount to requiring a national ID card, joining five other states in opposing it.

South Carolina, Montana, Washington, Oklahoma and Maine also have rejected the federal act.

“Here in New Hampshire, we pride ourselves on being frugal, and here in New Hampshire, we pride ourselves on respecting the privacy of our neighbors,” Gov. John Lynch said at the bill signing.

And, earlier this month, South Carolina joined the growing chorus against Real ID:

Columbia, S.C. – June 13, 2007 – Gov. Mark Sanford today traveled to Greenville to sign S449, a bill that keeps South Carolina from participating in the costly federal mandate known as the REAL ID Act.

REAL ID is a federal initiative aimed at creating a national ID card. With the governor’s signature of the bill, South Carolina joined a growing number of other states that are declining to participate. If South Carolina were to participate in the ID program, the unfunded federal mandate would cost state taxpayers $25 million in startup costs and an additional $11 million on an annual basis. It would also increase DMV workloads by a projected 132 percent, pushing wait times to over an hour as every South Carolinian would be forced to get re-licensed in person under the new federal guidelines.

This is one of the times when I am happy that Federalism and state’s rights still mean something.


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