The battle between the States and the Federal Government over REAL ID will continue on another two years, as the Federal Government prolongs implementation once more. The controversial law, passed in 2005, took unconstitutional steps to compel the States to conform to their standards in regards to driver’s licenses and identification cards. Introduced by U.S. Representative James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin), it failed to go through and only met success when attached as a rider to the bill, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, 2005. Rep. Sensenbrenner is also the sponsor of the controversial and unconstitutional USA PATRIOT Act of 2001, which was introduced in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The Maine Legislature under Democratic control, led the way for America in a resistance that would include over half of the country, by calling for the repeal of the bill. A bill that would not allow Maine to participate in a national identification card system was introduced by former State Representative Scott Lansley (R-Sabattus) and would become law. Both the Resolution and the Bill had overwhelming support from both Democrats and Republicans, who came together in a bipartisan effort to stand up for rights of Mainers.Details