FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 3, 2016) – In a surprise move, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin vetoed a bill that would have set the state on the path toward compliance REAL ID. With the veto, the state will continue to refuse to implement the national identification system.Details
via Ron Calzone, Missouri First
The Missouri House Emerging Issues Committee voted to “do pass” HB 2235 and bring Missouri into compliance with the REAL ID Act. The next step is in the Select Committee on General Laws, which will probably vote on it Tuesday and pass it on to the full House, unless we convince them otherwise.Details
CONCORD, N.H. (Feb. 22, 2016) – An attempt to repeal a New Hampshire law prohibiting state cooperation with the federal REAL ID Act was successfully blocked by approval of an amendment in the state House last week.Details
In 2006, New Hampshire was the first state in the country to reject compliance with the Republican-backed REAL ID Act, an unconstitutional expansion of federal power over state identification cards. This led to a wave of states doing the same, effectively nullifying the federal act in practice.Details
In the 2007/2008 legislative session, PA State Senator Folmer and 15 other Senators sponsored SB1220, “An Act relating to compliance with the Federal REAL ID Act of 2005 and other laws involving biometric and economic privacy”. Representative Sam Rohrer, and more than 90 other representatives sponsored HB1351. Some of those representatives (including one of our favorite Supremacy Clause advocates) discuss the legislation in this 2008 video:
Neither bill passed.Details
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.Details
I received this message in e-mail from a friend of the Tenth Amendment.
What: Three bills were introduced into the Pennsylvania Senate as a privacy protection package by Senator Mike Folmer(R), District 48, over one and a half years ago. One of those bills, SB 621, The REAL ID Nonparticipation Act, to prohibit implementation of Real ID in Pennsylvania was unanimously passed on June 15 by the full Senate and sent to the PA House Transportation Committee. That committee amended the bill, then passed it unanimously on Sept 13 and referred it to the House Appropriations Committee where it sits. Time is very short. The last House session day for the 2009-2010 Assembly session is only six weeks from today, and there are only 7 more meetings scheduled for Appropriations.
State Rep. Paul Opsommer (R-DeWitt) announced today that with HJR YY and SJR Y not making it onto the ballot that he would be introducing a statutory version of the federalism bills as a backup to keep the issue moving.
“It is disappointing that we could not get this needed law onto the ballot, especially with what a bad year it has been for federal overreach,” said Opsommer. “But based on the events of this week it is now more clear than ever that the Legislature needs a better way to enforce the 10th Amendment.”Details