Senator Akaka’s PASS ID Act: Resurrecting the National ID Card
July 08, 2009
Please contact Senator Akaka today and ask that he pull PASS ID (S. 1261) in favor of negotiated rulemaking.
Learn more about the problems with PASS ID here.
Read the ACLU's press release on PASS ID here.
On June 15, Senator Akaka (D-Hawaii) introduced S. 1261, the “Providing for Additional Security in States’ Identification Act of 2009” or the “PASS ID Act”, which repeals and replaces the Real ID Act of 2005 with new national requirements for driver’s licenses. While this bill stems from a sincere attempt to fix the unworkable Real ID Act of 2005, PASS ID actually resurrects the essentially dead Real ID and re-institutes many of Real ID’s privacy and constitutional problems - in some cases making them even worse. For more information about Real ID and the PASS ID Act of 2009, please visit www.realnightmare.org. PASS ID will be given a hearing in the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on Wednesday, July 15th. We need your help to get Senator Akaka to pull the bill or to at least fix some of the more problematic provisions of PASS ID.
Here's what you can do:
Please contact Senator Akaka today and ask that he either pull PASS ID (S. 1261) in favor of negotiated rulemaking or amend PASS ID to:
• Eliminate the Airline Boarding Requirement: After a 5-year delay to allow for implementation, PASS ID will be required for boarding airplanes in the same manner as Real ID, and over time its use will almost certainly expand to cover other activities necessary to participate in society.
• Add a Religious Exemption: PASS ID burdens the rights of certain religious minorities by requiring digital photographs on each license. While many states have an exceptions process to accommodate these individuals, PASS ID actually preempts state religious protections.
• Prevent Improper Document Retention: PASS ID mandates that all identity source documents be copied physically or digitally and retained as long as the license is valid. By creating troves of sensitive documents on millions of individuals, this provision will be a dream for identity thieves.
Senator Daniel K. Akaka
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