Action Alert: Kill REAL ID in PA!

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.
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10th Amendment and illegal memorandums of understanding

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.”

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PA Senate Unanimously Votes to Nullify Real ID

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…

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Utah Governor Signs Law Nullifying Real ID

In 2005, the Republican-controlled Congress passed the “Real-ID Act” – which created national standards for driver’s license and identification cards. Opponents across the political spectrum have been resisting it for various reasons – it’s a privacy risk, is yet another unfunded mandate, and most importantly, the exercise of such federal power is not authorized by…

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Papers Please! National ID will be a part of “immigration reform”

It looks like another hot button issue will be coming to the forefront of American politics this year as the Senate is planning on tackling immigration. You may recall that President George W. Bush tried to tackle this issue with the Democratic-controlled Congress in 2007. The proposal, sponsored by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen.…

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Another Nail in the Coffin: Utah Considers bill to Reject Real ID

Introduced in the Utah Legislature is House Bill 234 (HB234), which if passed, would prohibit the state from “participating in the implementation of the REAL ID Act of 2005.” Real ID 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…

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Mark Sanford to Janet Napolitano: No Real ID!

In a letter sent last week, Governor Mark Sanford both updated Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on South Carolina’s progress in making the state’s driver’s licenses more secure, and reiterated the administration’s strong concerns that the federal REAL ID law represents both an infringement on constitutional liberties and an unacceptable cost burden to the states.…

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Nullification at Work: Real ID Squeeze Will Ease

Another indicator of victory for state-level nullification – the 2005 Real ID act was originally to be implemented in early 2008, and today, it’s still in limbo. Going on 2 years later, with more than two dozen states passing laws and resolutions denouncing or flat-out refusing to comply – and D.C. has no choice but…

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“Deep Trouble” for Real ID

“Trouble” – that’s what advocates of centralized government say about a national ID card law that has been effectively nullified by massive State-level resistance. When 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. That’s just what…

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