Senate Bill 5

It’s the bill number that stopped the heart of state legislators in 2005, but this year it’s looking attractive. State Senator Mitch Seabaugh (R-28th) pre-filed legislation that will “permit the Governor of Georgia to delay implementing the requirements of the Real ID Act until the Department of Homeland Security has issued regulations that the Governor finds will adequately protect the interests of the citizens of Georgia.”

I’d like to see Georgia send the feds a message by refusing to comply with the requirements of the REAL ID Act. The REAL ID Act creates a national ID by setting national standards for drivers licenses, something which there is no Constitutional provision for and it’s an unfunded mandate to the states.

Former Congressman Bob Barr recently took part in a hearing of the Georgia House Bio-Privacy Committee where he urged the committee to take action against the REAL ID Act.

The legislation proposed by Senator Seabaugh is a good start, but it doesn’t go far enough in securing the interests of Georgians.

7 comments

  1. liberty21 says:

    I hope SB5 gets passed. I am glad State Senator Mitch Seabaugh (R-28th) sponsored the bill. I do believe the governor has the right to delay implementions of the Real ID act until the Department of Homeland Security has given the Governor regulations and standards of the Real ID Act that will protect the interest of Georgians. SB5 is a good start

  2. DougieFresh says:

    Federalism schmederalism. We need to abolish all local ordinances and let the feds standardize everything to best serve the interest of the government. Isn’t that what freedom is all about?

  3. D.A. King says:

    We already have a defacto “national ID”…it is called a driver’s license…and you can but a fake one, along with a Green Card and Social Security card – with a stolen number – all over the country for less than $200.

    For Americans, doing so is called identity theft…for illegal aliens and the employers who wink when they accept them on I-9 employment documents it is called “looking for a better life” and hiring “cheap” labor.

    The cost of implementation of REAL ID will pale if you consider the cost of continued use of the present national ID.

  4. LiveFreeOrDie says:

    D.A. –

    Why should the federal gov’t. be able to tell our state what the requirement should be for our IDs? We finally got rid of the fingerprint requirement… we don’t be able to control that under the REAL ID. If people would obey the laws already in place we wouldn’t be considering the cost of REAL ID vs. the cost of our ‘present national ID’ and if it really came down to that, I’d pay more dollars for more freedom.

  5. Jason Pye says:

    A Social Security card is more of an national ID than a drivers license.

    The REAL ID is blatantly unconstitutional. But xenophobia will likely prevail and more liberties will be snatched away in the name of security.

  6. D.A. King says:

    I think the argument is: The feds are not telling us we cannot have the final say on our driver’s licenses, only that they will not be accepted by the feds if they don’t match the new law.

    Rather like speed limits and interstate funding.

    Too funny, and sad, that any demand that the law be equally applied – even to illegals and their criminal employers – is met with that old standard “xenophobia”.

    We all know what name will be slung next.

    No body wishes more than me that there was no need for the REAL ID Act.

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