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Philadelphia Campaign For Liberty Meetup Message Board › Major PA Legislative Victory Scored!!

Major PA Legislative Victory Scored!!

A former member
Post #: 669

Good News - Real ID and Privacy Update 10 June 09
From: AFTF Pennsylvania (
Sent: Wed 6/10/09 7:47 PM
To: Jim Compton (
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Good day, Volunteers,

Good news. The PA Senate Communications and Technology Committee passed out of committee all three privacy bills: SB 621 to reject the Real ID act of 2005; SB 622 to stop anyone from using data scanned from driver licenses to create a mailing list or to use it for financial gain; and SB 623 which would prohibit any government agency from denying a right, license, or privilege if an individual refuses to provide biometric data.

All three bills had 100% yes votes from the committee members in favor of the bills.

This is a major accomplishment.
The three bills will likely go the Senate floor next but we do not know when that will happen.

The proceedings were videoed and I’ll send out an email with the youtube link to watch it when it’s uploaded. The hearing lasted about 15-20 mins.

In the days and weeks ahead, we need calls coming into the Senate encouraging our Senators to support theses bills. You can find whom your Senator is by going to http://www.legis.stat...­ and typing in your zip code in the upper right corner and then use the drop down “Senator” window to contact your Senator.

There were about six volunteers to help pass out Aaron Bolinger’s DVD and CD on “Real ID and Religious Freedom.” We were able to pass those out to about 75 % of the PA House of Representatives today. We’ll finish that effort next week.

Thanks for all your calls and efforts in contacting the members of the Senate Communications and Technology Committee. A week ago, we were not sure we’d have the votes to get the bills out of committee. With your help, we did it! 100%! You can’t beat that record! Again, thanks.

Yours in Liberty,


PS I’m attaching a news release that Andy Hoover from the ACLU sent out this afternoon. (SEE BELOW)

PSS Since the class action lawsuit against PennDOT is moving forward, Renée Baumgartner will be coming out with an update soon. If you haven’t joined the lawsuit yet, please do. The “how to” is at the very bottom of this email. I’d like to see a million plaintiffs on the suit when it goes to court. What judge would rule against that many citizens, when they know deep in their heart that we are right?

Jim Compton 717 243-9967 RTR Pennsylvania State
Coordinator http://freedomtofasci...­,
www/ To join the Class Action Lawsuit to stop
PennDOT from importing our photo ID's into FaceEXPLORER software for
creating biometric data on us, contact Renee Baumgarter at and include your Name, Physical Address,
Phone number, and Email address



A former member
Post #: 670

June 9, 2009


CONTACT: Andy Hoover, Legislative Director, ACLU of PA
717-236-6827 x13 (w), 717-514-2747 (m)

Senate Committee Passes Bill Backed by ACLU of PA to Block Federal ID Program

HARRISBURG- The Pennsylvania Senate Communications and Technology Committee today took the first step toward blocking the federal Real ID program in Pennsylvania when it unanimously passed Senate Bill 621, legislation that would bar the commonwealth’s participation in Real ID.

Senator Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon County) is the primary sponsor of SB 621, and his bill has the backing of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.

“Real ID is a massive invasion of the privacy of all Pennsylvanians, and it’s expensive, to boot” said Andy Hoover, legislative director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania. “If the legislature passes and the governor signs this bill, it will protect the privacy and the pocketbooks of all Pennsylvanians.”

Passed in 2005 as part of an appropriations bill to fund American troops overseas and victims of the 2004 tsunami in South Asia, Real ID implements new standards for the issuance of state drivers’ licenses. Privacy advocates have protested several requirements of Real ID. The law mandates the departments of motor vehicles nationwide to connect their databases, creating a massive new national database of license holders. Real ID also requires DMVs to collect and keep copies of essential personal documents like birth certificates and social security cards. Advocates anticipate that applying for and renewing a license will become more problematic and time-intensive under Real ID as PennDOT is forced to verify and store more documents.

To date, 13 states have passed bills similar to SB 621, and many more have passed resolutions protesting Real ID. Last June, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill like SB 621, but the legislative session ended before the Senate had a chance to consider it.

“Real ID is toppling as more and more states refuse to participate,” Hoover said. “Pennsylvania can join the chorus of protest by passing SB 621 swiftly.”

The Rendell administration has estimated that Real ID will cost $100-$120 million to implement and $40-$50 million annually to maintain. Meanwhile, Congress has designated a little over $100 million for the program to be divided among the 56 licensing jurisdictions.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, then-candidate Barack Obama stated that he opposes Real ID, and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has stated that the act should be repealed and reworked. Last year Napolitano signed a bill blocking Real ID in Arizona when she was governor of that state.

SB 621 passed in committee as part of a broader package of bills intended to protect the privacy of Pennsylvanians. SBs 622 and 623 were also voted out of committee today. SB 622 bans businesses from collecting personal information from state drivers’ licenses, and SB 623 gives law-abiding citizens and residents the opportunity to opt-out of participating in government programs that collect biometric data. The ACLU of Pennsylvania supports SBs 622 and 623, as well.

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