Congressman Daines and AG Fox Fight Against REAL ID Act
Last month Governor Steve Bullock wrote to the Department of Homeland Security expressing his opposition to the REAL ID Act in Montana, today Congressman Steve Daines and Attorney General Tim Fox are taking additional steps against it, ABC Montana's Joe Moeller brings us more.
"Washington D.C. Needs to listen to the people of Montana." said Congressman Steve Daines.
At the state capitol building Thursday Attorney General Tim Fox joined Congressman Steve Daines who said he is introducing legislation to repeal a part of the 2005 REAL ID Act that was sparked by 9/11.
The REAL ID Act of 2005 sets standards for identification standards nationally, requiring that by 2016 ID must be compliant with the law to pass through TSA checkpoints at every airport in the nation, and according to these laws Montanans wouldn't be able to do that.
By repealing section two of the REAL ID Act Daines legislation will ensure that the 2007 Montana Law banning compliance with real id drivers license mandates is protected.
"These new regulations are entirely unnecessary in fact Montana's drivers licenses, which were redesigned just a few years ago are secure." said Daines.
Daines is going to take this repeal act of 2014 to Washington, in hopes that no state has to comply with what he is calling a federal intrusion and violation of privacy, and that Montanan's information doesn't need to be input into a national data base.
"One of the biggest concerns Montanan's have about federal REAL ID is the security of their personal information." said Attorney General Tim Fox. "I want every person in Montana to know that we at the Montana Department of Justice take that concern just as seriously as we do the integrity of our drivers license."
After the 2007 unanimous vote banning the compliance with REAL ID, Daines says its clear Montanans do not want it, and his bill is going to work to stop it.