Tuesday, May 17, 2011

REDUX: Real ID roundup of the good, the bad and the ugly

Here is second life for news that matters. 


BTC - TEXAS UPDATE: The hearing for SB 9, a contentious gang enforcement bill containing Real ID language, is being rescheduled by the Public Safety committee to avoid complications over points of order. The bill was heard briefly before attending House legislators were called into session.  According to DPS, SB 9 would retain drivers citizenship information for 125 years. The regulations would also require ID card applicants comply with a biometric facial recognition profiling.

BTC -PENNSYLVANIA UPDATE:  A bill to ban Real ID regulations in Pennsylvania was heard yesterday in the Senate Communications and Technology committee and is up for a vote next month. A bill was also considered to require voter ID.  View video from the hearing here.

"The "Real ID Act" of 2005 and the Secure Fence Act" of 2006 are existing laws that generated considerable border area controversy during the Bush years due to their use by DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff to waive as many as 36 environmental and health laws on several occasions. These included the San Pedro River and Goldwater bombing range. They were applied geographically to the immediate Mexican border region, although state identification cards required under the Real ID Act remain controversial and unresolved nationwide.
In early 2009, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said that she reserved the right to waive laws under Real ID, but would not do so under ordinary circumstances. Later that year, Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-Az) introduced legislation to end the waivers by amending the acts but the legislation died before the Democrats lost the House."

New Jersey eats the Chip as "Next-Gen" EDLS become available. 


5 million Floridians exposed to internal fraud and identity theft 

c/o Floridians Against Real ID

TWIC IDs could leave secure areas open to a terrorist attack, GAO finds

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