The New Hampshire Senate Committee on Pubic and Municipal Affairs unanimously approved legislation to refuse the state’s participation in the REAL ID Act today. The bill passed the House with a large favorable vote and is scheduled for a full Senate vote within two weeks.
Both the Manchester Union Leader and the Concord Monitor editorialized in favor of the bill, which would prevent New Hampshire from participating in a national ID program. ADDED: The Nashua Telegraph also favors the bill. ADDED: Video of a rally in favor of the bill to kill REAL ID in New Hampshire.
This is a very exciting opportunity for a small state to topple a big-government program – and, oh, might I add, protect all of our privacy and liberties by forcing a debate on national ID in the U.S. Congress. More to come on this in the future and in my forthcoming book, Identity Crisis: How Identification is Overused and Misunderstood.