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Senate Bill 1069

Senate Bill 1069

Wayne Hoffman
February 15, 2017

Bill description: Allows Idahoans the option to get an identification card or driver’s license that does not comply with the federal REAL ID program.

Rating: +2

Analyst’s Note: In 2005 the federal government issued REAL ID security standards for state driver’s licenses. Identification cards that did not meet these requirements could not be used for security verification at U.S. airports. The Idaho Legislature enacted REAL ID requirements in 2016, mandating changes to elements of a driver’s license or ID card and opting to collect and retain personal data about the licensees.

Does it in any way restrict public access to information related to government activity or otherwise compromise government transparency or accountability?

The bill would provide information to applicants about the licensing options and allow them to a decision based on personal preferences. (+1)

Does it violate the principles of federalism by increasing federal authority, yielding to federal blandishments, or incorporating changeable federal laws into Idaho statutes or rules?

The bill stakes out basic principles of federalism in a policy environment where there are few. Having overstepped its bounds with REAL ID, the federal government has given policymakers little recourse to offer citizens relief without creating problems at airport security checkpoints. This bill recognizes the state’s authority as a separate, independent sovereign. (+1)

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