PA Senate bill 1220 (SB 1220, P.N. 1673), opposing the REAL ID, was referred to the Communications and Technology Committee on December 27, 2007 and is now posted on the PA's legislative bill site. It is a much stronger rejection of the federal REAL ID than its counterpart, HB 1351, in the PA House.
Your action is needed to encourage support of this bill!
The full text of the bill can be found here:
Name: The "REAL ID and Biometric and Economic Privacy Act"
The bill is thankfully short and shows no tolerance for the 2005 federal Real ID Act. It rejects the Real ID and even rejects other laws and regulations that would put compromise economic privacy. Here is its operative wording for Sections 3, 4 and 5 respectively:
** "Neither the Governor nor the Department of Transportation or any other Commonwealth agency shall participate in the compliance of any provision of the REAL
ID Act of 2005."
** "Neither the Governor nor the Department of Transportation or any other Commonwealth agency shall participate in the compliance with any Federal law, regulation or policy that would compromise the economic privacy or biometric data of any resident of this Commonwealth."
** "Either the Governor or the Attorney General may file an action in a court of competent jurisdiction to challenge the constitutionality or legality of the REAL ID Act of 2005."
This bill needs additional sponsors and support to ensure it is adopted without amendment. Please contact your state senators, particularly if they are committee members, and encourage their support of this bill. Thank them if they are already a sponsor.
Current sponsors of the bill are:
FOLMER, KITCHEN, ROBBINS, REGOLA, FUMO, MELLOW,
ERICKSON, C. WILLIAMS, FERLO, WASHINGTON,
ORIE, BOSCOLA,LAVALLE, HUGHES AND EARLL.
Five of these sponsors are Committee members:
Constance Williams, D-17, Minority Chair; Edwin Erickson, R-26; Bob Regola, R-39; Vincent Fumo, D-1; and Leanna Washington, D-17
Remaining Committee members are:
Robert Wonderling, Chairman, R-24; John Gordner, Vice-Chair, R-27; Lisa Baker, R-20; John Eichelberger, R-30; John Wozniak D-35; and Joseph Scarnati, President Pro Tempore & ex-officio member of all committees, R-25.
You can find your legislator by zip code or county by using the "Find Members By" box in the upper right of the page at this link:
The PA Senate will be back in session on January 14, 2008, so let them know what you think.
Additional information on the REAL ID Act of 2005 can be found in Sen. Folmer's press release on the topic:
Letting your federal representatives know what you think of the REAL ID would also be a good idea.
Thank you for taking the time to help limit government expansion and protect the rights of the citizens!
In Liberty, Michael J. "Mik" Robertson, Chair, Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania