"Two Senators proposed legislation last week to repeal the Real ID Act of 2005.
The lawmakers are likely to take the issue up again during the 110th Congress. Sen. Daniel Akaka, a Hawaii Democrat, and Sen. John Sununu, a New Hampshire Republican, are pushing for individual privacy protections and lower costs for state governments. If the Department of Homeland Security will not agree to changes that reduce the burden on state governments and increase privacy protections for citizens, Akaka said he would try to have the national ID law repealed.
Akaka echoed complaints from hundreds of groups -- including the National Rifle Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, and associations representing state lawmakers -- in criticizing the legislation. He noted that the law was attached to defense spending, tsunami relief, and terror prevention. He said the proposal was not subjected to scrutiny, floor debate, or hearings before Congress was "forced" to pass it.
The Real ID Act requires state licenses and identification to meet a series of requirements in order to be considered valid for entering federal buildings or boarding planes."
To get an even better grip on what the Senator's are trying to accomplish here - and why - go to item 3 here: http://www.epic.org/...lert_13.25.html
It's a very thoughtful comparison between what the Real ID Act stands for and what it should have been. Pete