SCR 8 – AS INTRODUCED
SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 8
SPONSORS: Sen. Estabrook, Dist 21; Sen. Letourneau, Dist 19; Sen. Kenney, Dist 3; Sen. Burling, Dist 5; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 24; Rep. Packard, Rock 3; Rep. Ferland, Sull 5; Rep. Jennifer Brown, Straf 5; Rep. P. Cote, Hills 25
This resolution declares the general court in opposition to the federal Real ID Act of 2005.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Six
A RESOLUTION declaring the general court in opposition to the federal Real ID Act of 2005.
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
Whereas, the federal Real ID Act of 2005, Public Law 109-13, mandates federal standards for state drivers’ licenses and identification cards and requires states to share their motor vehicle databases; and
Whereas, the Real ID Act mandates what documents states must require to obtain or renew drivers’ licenses and implementation of the Real ID Act requires the collection of biometric identifying information, which is an intrusion of privacy and may be subject to theft; and
Whereas, the Real ID Act creates a de facto national identification card that could be used to gather and manage information on citizens which is not the business or responsibility of government; and
Whereas, the Real ID Act creates a process of mandated compliance with federal law at the cost and inconvenience of the states; and
Whereas, the costs imposed on the states by the Real ID Act are currently unknowable, but the facts do support a reasonable view that those costs may run well into the hundreds of millions of dollars over the next 5 years; and
Whereas, maintenance of a secure identification system for people applying for New Hampshire drivers’ licenses, which protects New Hampshire citizens’ privacy rights, is currently in place; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate, the House of Representative concurring:
That the New Hampshire general court hereby declares its opposition to the federal Real ID Act of 2005, Public Law 109-13, and urges Congress to enact its repeal; and
That copies of this resolution be forwarded to the President of the United States, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and to each member of the New Hampshire congressional delegation.