Senate Democrats Applaud Sen. John Sununu's Position Against REAL ID

Contact: Molly Cowan

Phone: 603 271-3077

Fax: 603 271-3027

Email: molly.cowan@leg.state.nh.us

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

CONCORD, NH – Today the New Hampshire Senate Democrats applaud the clear message sent by Sen. John Sununu denouncing the REAL ID federal mandate in an editorial to the Union Leader. His scathing letter clearly expressed the massive problems associated with REAL ID, and a promise to lesson the impact of this ill-advised program.

The New Hampshire Senate had the opportunity twice during the last session to stand up for New Hampshire citizen’s privacy against this intrusive program; however Senate Republicans refused to support either measure.

“I sponsored a resolution declaring the general court in opposition to the federal Real ID Act of 2005, a vast and costly unfunded mandate,” stated Sen. Iris Estabrook, D-District 21. “Senate Democrats wholeheartedly supported the measure, yet Senate Republicans killed it with a tabling motion.”

Sen. Sununu emphasized that the bill creates grave privacy concerns surrounding the implementation of REAL ID “by requiring all states to have similar license features, and to be connected to a national database which will contain personal information on all drivers, including name, address, Social Security number and photo.”

 

“I am pleased that Senate Democrats fought to keep New Hampshire out of REAL ID. We wanted the passage of HB 1582, the legislation withdrawing New Hampshire from participating in program,” stated Sen. Peter Burling, D-District 5. “The Senate Republicans refused to support this crucial bill, and it died the last day of regular session on a party line vote.”

"The REAL ID Act gives the federal government unfettered discretion to build an intrusive national ID system that could weaken our security," concluded Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-District 23. "New Hampshire citizens deserve respect, but most importantly, they deserve privacy. I am very happy that the Senate Democrats lead the fight against the imminent disaster of REAL ID.”