Unlike Florida which remains in compliance with the unlawful and intrusive federal REAL ID act, Ohio has chosen to back off implementation. For right now, Ohioan’s drivers licenses will not be branded with the federal “gold star” indicating federal acceptance as identification. Chief among the concerns of Ohio lawmakers are:
- Being required to store and share copies of personal documents
- Using facial-recognition software to scan photos to determine if an applicant previously was issued a license under another name.
- Ohio officials also are considering limiting law-enforcement use of facial-recognition software.
Concerns also exist over a centralized government registry of copies of identification documents used to obtain licenses. “People have concerns we are trampling their rights if we do this,” spokesman for the Ohio Department of Public Safety told The Columbus Dispatch.
Ohio’s decision to halt REAL ID implementation was enthusiastically welcomed by the Ohio ACLU afilliate “The surveillance state is a lot less theoretical than in 2005. People are starting to look at how invasive government has become, and that is part of this,” said Nick Worner, ACLU of Ohio spokesman.
Florida’s current crop of state legislators appear quite content to allow the privacy of their constituents to be continually violated by this federal edict. Florida in fact has masked REAL ID in a cozy little website complete with friendly blue skies and marshmallow clouds called Go Gather Get.
Not unlike a master would have their dogs “fetch” for a reward, Floridians must “go,gather,get” federally approved documents that satisfies the state’s concern that you are in fact who you say you are. This is supposed to eliminate terrorists from fraudulently obtaining Florida identification. However, as retired Florida Highway Patrol Lieutenant Paul Henry has explained on numerous occasions, REAL ID would have had no effect on the 911 hijackers and will still not to this day.
Who helped former Florida state senator Carey Baker and Speaker of the House Marco Rubio inflict REAL ID on Florida?
We have the official roll call for you here. We bet that “true conservative” you supported for re-election voted YES if they were in the legislature at that time. YES votes included both current Florida Senate President Don Gaetz and current Florida Speaker of the House Will Weatherford.
What can you do now—
Learn all you can about REAL ID and the Florida REAL ID Elimination Act . This needs to be brought back every year to the legislature until it passes. Enter the search term REAL ID in the search window at http://florida.tenthamendmentcenter.com/ for a complete listing of REAL ID articles.
Contact your state representative and your state senator. Tell them you want them to sponsor and support this act. If you don’t know who your representation is, you can find them here: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/myrepresentative.aspx and here http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Find