Alaska House will urge congress to scrap Real ID Act

The act is an effort to improve reliability and accuracy when issuing state identification documents, to inhibit a terrorist’s ability to evade detection by using fraudulent identification.

If Alaska fails to become compliant with the Real ID Act, it could keep people from being able to board a plane or enter a federal facility such as a military base.

Alaska House Joint Resolution 15 opposes the identification program. 38 voted in favor of the resolution; only one was opposed.

“The overstep of the federal government by imposing an unfunded mandate upon every state in the union, and most importantly, due to an act in question, not making the United States measurably safer,” said Rep. DeLena Johnson (R – Palmer).

“This is really a security problem, as well, of privacy. We don’t know where it’s going to go,” said Rep. Tammie Wilson (R – North Pole). “We don’t know whether or not it’s going to be contained in a warehouse of some kind to be sold overseas, you just don’t know.”


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