Peter Nelson: Real ID is nothing to fear

I must admit I took pride in the fact that Minnesota was among the last holdouts in passing a seat belt requirement when the federal government demanded states pass such a law or risk losing federal transportation dollars.

Likewise, I must admit to taking some pride in Minnesota being among the last holdouts for passing Real ID.

State sovereignty is regularly undermined by federal laws that legislate on matters traditionally within the sphere of state power. Indeed, federal officials too often forget that the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reserves the powers to the states that are not specifically delegated to the federal government by the Constitution.

So, it’s always refreshing to see a state push back against federal overreach.


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