Introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate last year, Senate Bill 621 (SB621) was finally brought to a floor vote this week, and passed unanimously, 50-0.
The bill would make law that “Neither the Governor nor the Department of Transportation or any other Commonwealth agency shall participate in the compliance of any provision of the REAL ID Act of 2005 OR REGULATIONS PROMULGATED THEREUNDER.”
The 2005 Real ID Act created national standards for driver’s license and identification cards and opponents have been resisting it for various reasons – it’s a privacy risk, forces states to bear the financial burden, and is not authorized by the constitution.
“REAL ID was implemented by the federal government as a way to protect Americans from terrorists, but I believe it will redefine privacy as we know it and create a mountain of new bureaucracy and increase fees and taxes — without making us any safer,” said Sen Mike Folmer, the bill’s primary sponsor, in a news release.
States were originally given until May 2008 to comply with the law, but widespread state-level resistance resulted in the Federal Government changing that deadline not once, not twice, but three times.
When more than two dozen states refuse to comply with yet another unfunded mandate from D.C. – that mandate may sit on the books, but it’s as good as repealed, even without going to the federal courts to oppose it.
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