NCSL Calls for Repeal of REAL ID

by on April 23, 2008 · 7 comments

The National Conference of State Legislatures wants the REAL ID Act gone. It supports S. 717, the Identification Security Enhancement Act of 2007, which would repeal the REAL ID Act and reinstitute a negotiated rulemaking process on identity security that was established in the 9/11-Commission-inspired Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act.

It’s not a foregone conclusion that an organization like this would reject a behemoth of a project like building a national ID and surveillance system. The NCSL isn’t a small-government organization, and it could just as well have lobbied for billions of dollars in funding.

  • http://www.beatthechip.org Beat The Chip

    S.717 is not the best repeal legislation for the intended result which is to really do away with all versions of a nationalized ID card. I do know of an alternative bill, HR 1351, with 85 House co-sponsors and 60 backers in the Senate. This bill is a better alternative from HR 1117 and the not so great companion bill S.717. Both bills are currently considered different ways to “legitimize” the plan for a Real by repealing it in name only. Investigate bill 1351 for yourself as a great state example of passing legislation that shuts out power grabbing feds.

  • http://www.beatthechip.org Beat The Chip

    S.717 is not the best repeal legislation for the intended result which is to really do away with all versions of a nationalized ID card. I do know of an alternative bill, HR 1351, with 85 House co-sponsors and 60 backers in the Senate. This bill is a better alternative from HR 1117 and the not so great companion bill S.717. Both bills are currently considered different ways to “legitimize” the plan for a Real by repealing it in name only. Investigate bill 1351 for yourself as a great state example of passing legislation that shuts out power grabbing feds.

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