House State Affairs Moves
Anti-Real ID Act Bill
Measure Requires Legal Presence
for an Alaska Driver's License
April 07, 2008
(SitNews) - The Alaska House State Affairs Committee has unanimously
passed Senate Bill (SB) 202 out of committee, a bill that would
prohibit the state from spending funds solely for the purpose
of implementing the federal "Real ID Act."
Rep. Bob Lynn, R-Anchorage, said that while he had some concerns
about SB 202, he was reassured by the bill's sponsor Sen. Wielechowski,
D-Anchorage, that his bill would "absolutely have no impact"
on legal presence bills like House Bill (HB) 3 or the good business
practices of the DMV. HB 3 is Rep. Lynn's legal presence bill
that requires legal presence for drivers' licenses and state
HB 3 has been inaccurately called "The back door to Real
ID Act" by those who believe illegal aliens should have
drivers' licenses. "We've gotten calls from citizens who
are concerned about Real ID as it relates to HB 3," said
Rep. Lynn. "We tell them, simply put: legal presence doesn't
equal Real ID compliance. Once this is understood by opponents
of Real ID, resistance to HB 3 usually goes away. For example,
radio talk show host and Real ID opponent Eddie Burke is an example
of a person once opposed to HB 3 but who is now a strong supporter."
"Our party's platform states that we support proof of legal
presence to obtain and maintain a driver's license," said
Rep. Lynn. "In that same platform there is a plank that
supports the anti-Real ID language of SB 202. These planks should
give impetus to advance HB 3 and SB 202, the former of which
has not yet moved from the House Finance Committee to the House
floor for a vote. The 90-day session is coming to an end. Time
is short. I hope we are not too late."
"House Bill 3 and Senate Bill 202 are compatible, but accomplish
different things," added Rep. Lynn. "SB 202 responds
to the concerns of many Alaskans who view the federal Real ID
Act as a step towards a national ID card. My HB 3 simply requires
legal presence in Alaska for the privilege of a driver's license.
Why should Illegal aliens have the right to drive a car down
the street when they don't have the lawful right to walk down
that same street? That's just common sense."
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