States May Buck Real ID Act

Several states are contemplating court action to fight implementation of the new drivers' license requirements contained in the Real ID Act.

There is concern among some states that they'll get stuck with a large tab to pay for implementing the new rules and that getting a driver's license will become a bigger headache for law-abiding residents.

"Governors are looking at all their options. If more than half of the governors agree we're not going down without a fight on this, Congress will have to consider changing this unfunded federal mandate," said Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, vice chairman of the National Governors Association. A Huckabee aide said the options include court action.

Bottom line: This is too much work to pass onto states for a program of such dubious value.

The Senate is set to vote on the bill this week. The House has already passed it.

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    Re: States May Buck Real ID Act (none / 0) (#1)
    by The Heretik on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 12:58:56 PM EST
    Whatever it takes to stop this act must be done.

    Re: States May Buck Real ID Act (none / 0) (#3)
    by Wile ECoyote on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 12:58:56 PM EST
    Like the Dept. of Education, this is clearly unconstitutional.

    Re: States May Buck Real ID Act (none / 0) (#4)
    by Ray Radlein on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 12:58:57 PM EST
    Ironically, here in Georgia, our Republican governor, Sonny Perdue, finally managed to push one of his pet pieces of legislation through the state house: Starting next year, you will no longer be required to have your fingerprints taken when you get your driver's license (the prints were then encoded on the license itself); in fact, all driver's license fingerprints currently on file with the state will be destroyed.