Lawmakers Express Distaste with National ID Law

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Two different House committees have endorsed two different non-binding resolutions opposing the federal government's attempt to standardize driver's licenses.

A measure by Senator Ruth Whitaker was endorsed by the House Rules Committee. It was inspired in part by an article from a magazine dedicated to Biblical prophecy that tries to tie the Real ID Act of 2005 to the apocalypse.

The House Public Transportation Committee endorsed another non-binding resolution offered by Senator Hank Wilkins the Fourth. It encourages the state's congressional delegation to support repealing the Real ID law.

The Real ID law sets a national standard for driver's licenses and requires states to link their record-keeping systems to national databases. The federal law requires that states comply by May 2008. If they do not, driver's licenses that fall short of Real ID's standards cannot be used to board an airplane or enter a federal building or open some bank accounts.

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