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State Information on Real ID

News

"Identity crisis in America: is the government overstepping its boundaries?," The Patriot-News, May 17, 2009. Online>

"Grand jury blasts PennDOT licensing as reckless," Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 13, 2009. Online>

"Private Eyes: state should pass laws to curb use of our personal data," The Patriot-News, March 30, 2009. Online>

"Privacy rights should be respected despite security fears," The SJU Hawk, December 10, 2008. Online>

"Federal ID Program Could Affect Pennsylvania Driver’s Licensing," Beaver County Times, March 1, 2008. Online>

"The Real Danger: In the Name of Fighting Terrorism, We Could Destroy Our Democracy," Beaver County Times Editorial, February 26, 2008.  Online>

"State Should Reject Real ID Proposal," The Republican & Herald Editorial, February 26, 2008. 

"Stu Bykofsky: This ID is Less Than a Real-ity Show," Philidelphia Daily News Comentary, February 25, 2008. 

"Political Opposites Join in Real ID Fight," The Morning Call, February 22, 2008. 

"Conservative, Liberal Pa. Lawmakers Oppose Federal Real-ID," Associated Press, February 22, 2008. 

"Left, Right Fight National ID," The Morning Call, February 21, 2008.

"Backlash Mounts Against Real ID," Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 19, 2008.  Online >

"Yewcic, Bastian, Murtha continue fight against REAL ID," The Daily American, January 27, 2008. Online>

"Lawmakers Urged To Reject REAL ID Act," [Philadelphia] The Bulletin, January 23, 2008. 

"A Real ID Pain," Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial, January 17, 2008.  

Vellucci, Justin, "Real ID Shapes up to be Real Headache," Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 14, 2008. Online>

Frankel, Larry, "Real ID would be real nightmare for Americans," The Tribune Democrat, November 28, 2007. Online>

"Siproth Commends House on Denouncing Federal Real ID Timeline," Pocono News, June 19, 2007.  Online >

"A National ID: Too Many Hands; Too Many Eyes," Philadelphia Inquirer, March 8, 2007. 

Rep. Babette Josephs, "Real ID is a Real Problem," March 5, 2007.  Online >

Sessinger, Lou. "Real ID Will Mean Headaches for us all," [Philadelphia] The Intelligencer, Column, February 6, 2007. 

"Big Brother Can't Wait to ID us all," York Dispatch, February 28, 2006.  PDF >

"PennDOT decries deadline for changes in issuing driver's licenses," [Pittsburgh] Post-Gazette, January 13, 2006; Online >

National survey of motor vehicles administrators uncovers deep concern over Real ID across the nation.  Pennsylvania officials' response to the survey is available here

State Rep. Tom Yewcic says Real ID "will be a budget buster for states." (January 12, 2006)
View the press release; Online >

Legislation

HR 767, urging the United States Congress to repeal the Real ID Act of 2005. (Passed the House 194-3.) 

HB 2537, prohibiting the Commonwealth from obtaining certification onder the Federal Real ID Act of 2005. (Adopted by the House 197-0)

HB 1351, relating to the compliance with the federal Real ID Act. (Live)

SB 1220, a bill stipulating 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 Act of 2005.

HR 296, opposing implementation of the costly federal standards imposed under the Real ID Act of 2005. (Adopted 200-0)

SR 126, memorializing the Congress of the United States to repeal or delay the creation of a national identification card and the implementation of the Real ID Act of 2005 (Adopted).

HR 100, a resolution memorializing the Congress of the United States to repeal or delay the creation of a national identification card and the implementation of the Real ID Act of 2005.

HR 101, urging the United States Secretary of Homeland Security to provide the assistance needed for implementation of the Real ID Act of 2005 and urging the Congress of the United States to provide the funding needed for implementation of the act.

Documents

Pennsylvania officials' response to national survey of DMV's on problems posed by Real ID is available here.  

Action

Watch this space for information on how to take action against Real ID in your state.

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