Archive for the ‘Drivers Licenses’ Category

Big Thanks to my friends at FSD.com for sending in this tip.

SEE ALSO: REAL ID protested in Clearwater, Fla. as part of the Eroded liberties series.

ALSO BAD: NJ & CT eat the chip on Real ID compliance.[I guess the State wants to keep the standard consistent for NY strip retirees who end up in Florida. ;)]

UPDATE: NOON PDT 5/9-  Sen. Correa submitted SB 251 to wait presentation shortly after opening remarks to the California Senate Appropriations Committee.  A very brief comment was allowed later on SB 251 from an American Friends Committee member towards the matter of selective service information used from drivers license applicants.  The Committee Chair later called for the suspension of the bill towards a vote based on the issue of costs.

During the hearing, Cindy Sheehan’s, Peace of the Action advocate Gregory Vickrey, issued remarks to press concerning Sacramento’s “occupation” by active anti-draft constituencies. Members of CODE PINK and respective members of anti-draft coalitions, World Can’t Wait for We Are Not Your Soldiers were also accounted for in support of the actions.

In a related highlight, Sen. Joe Simitian, Palo Alto, presented a fiscally conservative bill SB 29 during the hearing which advances privacy protections for driver identity and the ability to challenge red light cameras.  The affirmative bill was moved for a vote.

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BTC – The California Senate Appropriations committee will be holding a hearing Monday morning to discuss federal and state appropriations and funding for SB 251, a bill mandating drivers sign up for wartime drafts or selective service in the US military.

Several advocates, including the Identity Project, American Friends Committee and local ACLU, have already submitted letters opposed to this identity mandate. Organizers will be attending the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee Conference, in the Bay Area on May 6th & 7th.

Anyone of concern should note the following call to action:

TELL CA SENATE APPROPRIATIONS, NO ON SB 251

WHO: Anti-war, Anti-draft mandateAnti-recruitment, or Anti-identity mandate constituencies

WHAT: Call to direct action opposing the passage or funding of SB 251 at the California Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing

WHEN: Monday, May 9th 11 AM, 2011

WHERE: John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203), State Capitol Sacramento, CA
 *If you can’t attend, but you wish to watch or listen the hearing click here.*

WHY: Opposing mandatory or coercive selective service sign-ons in order to attain a California State drivers license

HOW: Write, call or contact appropriations committee members urging them to Vote NO on 251.

CA SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

“The Transportation Security Administration will honor expired driver’s licenses at the airport but travelers may have to go through some extra screening..”

c/o San Mateo Daily Journal

The Department of Motor Vehicles is suffering a massive backlog in issuing driver’s licenses due to new security features that protect against fraud and counterfeiting.

“We are still looking at six weeks to renew,” DMV spokeswoman Jan Mendoza told the Daily Journal yesterday.

The manufacturer may be having some “growing pains” or “startup issues” related to the high-tech licenses, Mendoza said.

Those who have recently renewed their licenses and have yet to receive them do not have to worry about making alternative travel plans or getting in trouble with law enforcement, for instance.

The Transportation Security Administration will honor expired driver’s licenses at the airport but travelers may have to go through some extra screening, Mendoza said.

Staff in the office of state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, are helping residents in both San Francisco and San Mateo counties to secure a 120-day temporary license until the backlog is processed at DMV.

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BTC –  Did someone forget to tell Rep. Lamar Smith of the 11th District that the Texas GOP adopted the repeal of the Real ID Act into the Lonestar State platform?

I expect him to butt heads with Rep. Ron Paul and over 10,000 Libertarian interested constituents as he continues to tow the national security- DHS line.  That’s before we even discuss minority voters and Democratic interests who hate Real ID in an anti-incumbent election year.  Check your boosters, Smith. You should hope you still have a job by November if you plan on moving Real ID like it’s a positive prospect for national security.

Federal Texas officials are beholden to the constituents and to the party they serve. They asked for a repeal.

Which means, PUBLIC, if you have anti-national ID concerns you may now ask any elected Texas Republican for anti-Real ID service and they should deliver.

So – Rep. Smith, where is my repeal bill?

c/o  Nevada News Bureau

The Legislative Commission’s Subcommittee to Review Regulations will meet tomorrow afternoon to discuss the fate of the controversial “Real ID” in Nevada.

Citing concerns with both privacy and cost, numerous organizations have come out against the requirements of the REAL ID Act of 2005 including the ACLU, Americans for Tax Reform, Gun Owners of America, Gun Owners of Nevada, Campaign for Liberty, the Cato Institute, National Immigration Law Center and the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

Though Congress has said the act is primarily intended to prevent identity fraud and has denied it would signal the dawn of national identity cards that could compromise the privacy of citizens, critics remain unconvinced.

“There is no security plan for protecting this information,” said a spokesperson from the Nevada chapter of the ACLU. “Instead, the federal government presumes that the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators will operate the database. However, this private association has no accountability to Nevada, and it is not bound by either the Privacy Act, which applies to federal agencies, or the Drivers’ Privacy Protection Act, which applies to state DMVs.”

Under the Real ID Act, states will be required to scan documentary evidence into a shared database including proofs of birth dates, legal and residency status and social security numbers.

Real ID cards will feature a two-dimensional, non-encrypted bar code containing personal information such as the citizen’s home address. Because the cards will not be encrypted, there are concerns that businesses and other organizations could potentially scan and store a customer’s home address along with other pieces of personal information.

If Real ID is fully implemented, a Real ID-compliant identification card will be required not only to board commercial aircraft but also to enter federal buildings including courthouses. :::MORE HERE:::