Oregon Bill Rejecting Real ID Becomes Law


June 24, 2009 -- Salem -- An Oregon bill that will prohibit the state from taking further action to implement Real ID cleared its final hurdle yesterday when Governor Ted Kulongoski permitted it to become law without his signature.  SB 536, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Rick Metsger (D-Mt. Hood), had passed the Senate unanimously on April 15th and passed the House on May 29th by a vote of 39-6.

“This is a tremendous, hard-won victory for Oregonians,” said ACLU of Oregon Legislative Director Andrea Meyer. 

Meyer pointed out that Real ID would require DMV offices to optically scan and store electronic copies of original identification documents of every person with a license or ID card.  Among the types of documents stored would be birth certificates, Social Security cards and U.S. Passports.  Real ID also requires that those electronic records be made available to motor vehicles offices around the country in a 50-state shared database. 

“Such a massive database would be a gold mine for identity thieves,” Meyer said. “The Real ID database would unnecessarily compromise the privacy and security of Oregonians, and all Americans.  Congress needs to revisit the requirements of Real ID and either scrap it altogether or make significant reforms.”

The new law prevents Oregon from taking those steps unless there are significant improvements made by the federal government to protect privacy and to provide federal funding to the states for implementation.

Since its enactment, Real ID has faced significant pushback in the states. To date, 24 states have passed legislation denouncing the federal initiative. During her January confirmation hearing, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called for a review of Real ID, saying the states were not consulted enough in its creation and that the initiative is a fiscal burden on the states. Before heading up DHS, Napolitano was Governor of Arizona, where she signed legislation prohibiting her state from complying with the requirements of Real ID.

With the enactment of SB 536, Oregon becomes the 14th state to pass legislation prohibiting the implementation of Real ID.  Those states are: Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington. Ten additional states have passed resolutions in opposition to Real ID.

Privacy Update - House Approves Bill to Stop Real ID in Oregon

June 4, 2009 – Today, the ACLU sent a letter to the Governor urging him to sign SB 536, our bill to stop further implementation of Real ID in Oregon.  We expect SB 536 will be on the Governor’s desk sometime next week, at which point he will have 5 days to sign or veto the bill.  If the Governor takes no action, then SB 536 will become law without his signature.

May 29, 2009 -- ACLU’s proposal to stop the further implementation of Real ID in Oregon was approved by the Oregon House of Representatives this afternoon!

May 28, 2009 -- ACLU’s proposal to stop the further implementation of Real ID in Oregon, was approved unanimously last week by the House Transportation Committee and is currently on the crowded House calendar awaiting a vote on the House floor. SB 536 could be voted on as early as next week.  It was approved unanimously by the Oregon Senate on April 15.

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