Last October, the Pennsylvania Senate voted unanimously to refuse to comply with the Bush era Federal Real ID law by passing SB354. Today, the House concurred, passing it by a vote of 189-5. Senator Mike Folmer (R, district 48) announced passage on his Facebook page,
“I am especially pleased my Senate Bill 354 to exempt Pennsylvania from the mandates of the federal REAL ID law was passed by the full House 189 – 5. If signed by the Governor, Pennsylvania would be the largest state to opt out.”
This legislation states,
Neither the Governor nor the Department of Transportation or any other Commonwealth agency shall participate in the REAL ID Act of 2005 or regulations promulgated thereunder.
and if Governor Corbett signs it, it will take affect in 60 days.
By passing this act, Pennsylvania stands up for her citizens’ Liberty and sends a message to the federal government that it is time to start following the Constitution again. We applaud Senator Folmer, the full Senate and the one hundred and eighty nine House members who voted for freedom.
On this matter, today, the Pennsylvania General Assembly has lived up to Madison’s words in the Virginia Resolution of 1798,
in case of a deliberate, palpable, and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact, the states who are parties thereto, have the right, and are in duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights and liberties appertaining to them.
Please call the Governor’s office to ask him to sign this legislation at any of the following numbers:
North East Office
Scranton, PA 18503
South East Office
Philadelphia, PA 19102
North West Office
Erie, PA 16507
South West Office
Pittsburgh, PA 15222