Friday, March 14, 2008

AIRLINES & The other unfunded mandates

TSA is Homeland Security's enforcer, but how well prepared are they to start hammering down on the stages of citizens who do and don't have "adequate ID's"?

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, it's not going to be an easy transition to make.

LAS VEGAS - America's airports shouldn't look to Congress for help solving air travel problems that could cost billions of dollars to fix, at least not this year.That was the message Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., sent a group of airport officials meeting this week in Las Vegas.

The private event was part of a conference for the trade group Airports Council International, an organization chaired by Clark County Director of Aviation Randy Walker.

"I'm afraid I haven't got many solutions to the issues that are facing us," Berkley told the audience in a conference room Monday at The Westin. "The issue is a lack of funding from the federal government."

Among the problems facing officials at Las Vegas International Airport and others across the country are the expected fallout of new passenger identification requirements, a perceived shortage of federal airport security workers and costs associated with upgrading baggage screening hardware. ::FULL STORY::

HR 2 : Suspending the Deadline for Implementation

A Utah lawmaker is sponsoring a resolution urging Congress to rethink a federal law calling for new national driver license standards.

"I think there's an unfunded mandate here," said Rep. Glenn Donnelson, R-North Ogden. He is sponsoring HR2, which is calling for Congress to suspend the May 2008 implementation of the Real ID Act and repeal the act. Donnelson also expressed concerns that the act could mean a national identification card. ::FULL STORY HERE::

Repealing Real ID and March of the Decoys

Get your detail oriented friends who are legal eagles, grammarians and library scientists to break out their microscopes for a bill dissection session.

There are a few bills being introduced to repeal the Real ID Act. Only time will tell if there is a bill prototype out there that will not reduce the armored rights to our privacy granted to us at birth or the time of our naturalization as citizens.

Here is an example of a decoy : S. 717, The Identification Security Enhancement Act of 2007

Here is an example of a bill that *seems* to restore us to original state of affairs:

H.R. 1117, The REAL ID Repeal and Identification Security Enhancement Act of 2007


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