U.S. Representative Steve Daines (R-MT) said on Thursday that he plans to introduce legislation to strike a portion of a 2005 anti-terrorism law that sets national standards for driver’s licenses and identification cards.
Daines says that his bill will protect Montana’s right to reject the Department of Homeland Security’s REAL ID requirements by repealing Section II of the REAL ID Act of 2005.
The DHS said in a December 2013 memo that Montana driver’s licenses don’t meet requirements of the REAL ID Act; that could keep Montanans out of certain federal facilities and even off commercial airplanes in 2016 if the issue is not resolved.
Daines said, “Consistent with the work already done by Montana State Legislature, my bill will fully repeal the federal mandates for drivers’ licenses included in the REAL ID Act of 2005, ensuring that Montana doesn’t have to comply with this top-down federal law.”
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox (R) said, “Through their duly-elected legislators, Montanans have made it abundantly clear they do not want the national REAL ID program in Montana.”
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