HB 234 - Opting Out of the Real Id Act by Rep. Stephen E. Sandstrom
What this bill doesEdit
This bill legislates the State of Utah's protest against the Real ID Act. It boldly states that the United States' Congress enactment of the Real ID Act:
- Is harmful to the security of Utahns
- Will cause unneeded expense and inconvenience
- Violates the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
The bill prohibits implementation of the Dangerous (Real) ID Act in the state of Utah and requires the division to report any attempts at implementation to the governor.
Thoughts about the billEdit
While it is important for Utahns to continue fighting this dangerous act, it should be noted that recent changes in drivers' licensing laws have already gone into effect which bring Utah ID's into compliance with the Real ID Act. However, passing this law may still enable state officials to fight the enforcement by federal agents in requiring the use of federally approved ID's. This act should have been passed last year, but, in this important issue, late is better than never.