Tuesday, February 19, 2008

PA: Real ID Plan May Be Blocked

Backlash mounts against REAL ID
By Brad Bumsted
Tuesday, February 19, 2008

HARRISBURG -- Republican and Democratic state lawmakers are teaming up to oppose the federal REAL ID program, claiming it creates a national identity card that poses a threat to personal privacy.
REAL ID "is a terribly invasive new government tracking system being implemented here in Pennsylvania and across this nation, without legislative approval and certainly without public knowledge," said Rep. Sam Rohrer, a Berks County Republican known as one of the Legislature's most conservative members.

Rohrer and Rep. Babette Josephs, a liberal Philadelphia Democrat, are sponsoring a bill that would block REAL ID in Pennsylvania.

The House Intergovernmental Affairs Committee plans public hearings on the issue Thursday in Philadelphia and March 13 in Pittsburgh...


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