Update: Unfortunately, this specific post has been targeted by the spambots, so I need to close the comments. I urge you to make your comment on any other post on the blog — there are many about ID issues.
Disclosure: I believe the REAL ID Act creates a fundamentally flawed national identification system and the Act should be repealed.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindall has signed HB 715, “Directs the Department of Public Safety and Corrections not to implement the federal REAL ID Act of 2005.” The new law also requires that the department “report to the governor any attempt by agencies or agents of the United States Department of Homeland Security to secure the implementation of the REAL ID Act through the operations of that division and department.”
Lousiana becomes the 21st state to pass anti-REAL ID legislation and the 11th state to prohibit implementation of or funds to be spent on the national identification program. Louisiana will not face any immediate sanction from the Department of Homeland Security because the agency has given all 56 states and territories extensions on fulfilling the REAL ID requirements until the end of 2009. That is the deadline for states to “materially comply” with this national ID system or the federal Department of Homeland Security will stop accepting rebellious states’ ID cards for federal purposes, which includes entering federal buildings (such as Social Security offices or courthouses).
Last month, I discussed Arizona’s opt-out legislation and problems with the REAL ID system.