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Some of the most ardent opponents of a national identity card — the Real ID — are among the most patriotic, trustworthy and loyal-to-their-country folks around.
State Rep. Jim Guest, R-King City, and others like him are the kind of people who score all A’s in government class. They salute the flag and would fight to defend it. They actually have read the Constitution, thought about it and formed opinions based on it.
In brief, they put more trust in the rights that the Constitution guarantees than they do in politicians, bureaucrats and whoever happens to be contemplating infringing on their rights at this current moment in history.
And yet, Rep. Guest (not your average politician, to be sure) and those who support him do not want to overthrow the government. They accept the rule of law, the need for some government regulations and the idea that government can be a means for good. But they draw the line on certain things, quickly and decisively.
One of these is the notion that the federal government’s Real ID national driver’s license initiative is harmless and necessary to ward off terrorists. These opponents see the mandate as a threat to states’ rights and to the right to privacy.
They also reject the notion that just because Missouri has not signed on to the Real ID, somehow our state’s residents will be denied the opportunity to board an airplane or enter government buildings. They believe it never will come to that, nor should it.
The crux of their convincing argument is that the security of Missouri driver’s licenses was greatly increased in 2005, when new rules required drivers to provide birth certificates for new IDs or renewals.
Rep. Guest and his supporters won a 32-0 vote in the state Senate and an 83-69 vote in the state House. All that remains is for Gov. Jay Nixon to add his signature, and Missouri will become the 13th state in the nation to bar officials from adopting the national driver’s license standards.
Federal authorities will be disappointed, but sometimes the easy way to do something is not the best way. Just because someone thought it was a good idea to go around the states in forcing a federal ID card on the general population — by way of driver’s licenses — doesn’t make it right.
THIS JUST IN from JP of NCard in North Carolina
By LEE LOGAN
The Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY | Missouri lawmakers on Wednesday voted to direct the Department of Revenue to not comply with federal driver’s licens
The federal Real ID Act, passed in 2005, requires states to collect and verify certain information about applicants for driver’s licenses and state I
The Senate voted 32-0 Wednesday to advance the bill to Gov. Jay Nixon. The bill was previously passed by the House. If Nixon signs the legislation, Missouri would join 12 other
“That’s a pretty strong statement right there that the federal government should back off,” said Rep. Jim Guest [featured right], R-King City, who has sponsored the measure for several years.
Real ID requires that driver’s licenses include the holder’s full name, birth date, gender, license number, digital photograph, principal address and signature as well as tamper-resistant security features. The law also sets standards for verifying a license applicant’s identity and citizenship.
States have until the end of this year to meet the federal requirements but could get an extension until May 2011.
At that time, citizens in noncompliant states would not be able to board federally regulated planes or enter federal buildings simply by showing their state driver’s licenses.
Some Missouri senators said they think the effective date will be pushed back to 2015 and that federal officials might not even implement the law.
“They are finding out that this is not the great program that the federal government deemed it was,” said Sen. Chuck Purgason, R-Caulfield.
During Senate debate, some lawmakers argued Real ID was a backdoor attempt to create a national ID card.
JP Continues with OP/ED here:
The Real ID bill is House Bill 361.
Keep up the Good Fight, We are still in the Fight in NC, will give you updates about PA when I get them.
This is a victory for everyone in the US fighting the Real ID. Mo is a key state and this victory should help to ensure more victories in other states.
by Alyson E. Raletz
Monday, April 20, 2009
The House on Thursday, in a 83-69 vote, endorsed HB 361, which would keep the Missouri Department of Revenue from selling off driver’s license information to outside parties. The bill also in a less direct way rejects Real ID, an effort from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to streamline identification requirements among the states to prevent immigration fraud.
Rep. Jim Guest, R-King City, leads a national coalition of lawmakers who argue that Real ID is a movement toward a national driver’s license, the federal government will abuse the information and that it will open up the country to identity theft.
The bill prohibits the Department of Revenue from changing any of its procedures to comply with Real ID, a much stronger stance than the resolution approved by prior Missouri legislatures that simply called on Congress to repeal the act.
Opponents this year have gained in numbers, saying that Missourians will need access to Real IDs, which the federal government will require for citizens to board airplanes or enter certain federal buildings.
“It seems to me a senseless, huge inconvenience on our citizens,” Rep. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, said during floor debate. “There’s no reason to overreact right now.”
Countered Mr. Guest, “Homeland Security says it’s not a national ID, but they know it’s false.”
In the end, Mr. Guest was successful and the bill moves to the Senate for consideration.
Local representatives voting “yes” were Republicans Mike Thomson of Maryville, Jason Brown of Platte City, Dr. Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph, Mr. Guest and Mike Lair of Chillicothe.
Voting “no” were St. Joseph Democrats Ed Wildberger and Martin Rucker, and a Bethany Republican, Casey Guernsey.
Long schools bill
to grow even more
Legislation that started out as an avenue to expand virtual classrooms and then snowballed into an omnibus education bill may pick up some more layers.
The bill from Sen. Charlie Shields, R-St. Joseph, also addresses a technical glitch with the Proposition A gaming money, enrollment for foster children, charter schools, school capital improvements and teacher performance, among other proposals.
The chairman of a House education committee that considered SB 291 last week said the group likely would take out some of the Senate provisions and add some of its own. With four weeks remaining in the legislative session, Rep. Maynard Wallace, R-Thornfield, opted to wait on a vote. Already passed in the Senate, the bill needs approval from the House before it can go to the governor’s desk.
“It’s too important of a bill to hurry,” Mr. Wallace said.
to keep Blunt’s pick
for Western board
Gov. Jay Nixon re-appointed a former Platte County commissioner to the Missouri Western State University Board of Governors last week.
Former Gov. Matt Blunt in December had appointed Diza Eskridge, a 67-year-old Democrat from Weston, to the post, but her term was subject to confirmation from the Senate. Since the Senate didn’t convene until January, she served in that capacity, but her membership wasn’t official, according to the university.
When Mr. Nixon became governor, as is a tradition of most governors, he withdrew all of the unconfirmed nominations from the prior administration so he could consider them himself. Mr. Nixon last week announced he decided to stick with Ms. Eskridge.
The board sets university rules, bylaws and regulations. Ms. Eskridge also has served on the Mid-America Regional Council’s board of directors. Her term, which is subject to Senate confirmation, would end Oct. 29, 2014.
Alyson E. Raletz covers the state Legislature for the News-Press in Jefferson City. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (573) 636-2307.
“Beyond that, the MIAC report paints with a very broad brush. In addition to supporting Ron Paul, Bob Barr, or myself, a review of the report reveals that opposition to any of the following risks someone being classified as a potential “domestic terrorist”:
- The New World Order
- The United Nations
- Gun Control
- The violation of Posse Comitatus
- The Federal Reserve
- The Income Tax
- The Ammunition Accountability Act
- A possible Constitutional Convention (Con Con)
- The North American Union
- Universal Service Program
- Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
- Abortion on demand “
MISSOURI STATE POLICE THINK YOU AND I ARE TERRORISTS
Thanks to a concerned Missouri state policeman, a nationally syndicated radio talk show host stated that he was alerted last week to a secret Missouri state police report that categorized supporters of Congressman Ron Paul, Bob Barr, and myself as “’militia’ influenced terrorists.” The report, he said, “instructs the Missouri police to be on the lookout for supporters displaying bumper stickers and other paraphernalia associated with the Constitutional, Campaign for Liberty, and Libertarian parties.” [MORE]