30 June 2012 0 Comments

Liberty Index Update June 2012 Part 7: Key Votes – REAL ID NON-PARTICIPATION ACT









   TIER 3 FOR LIBERTY – Major Impact on Liberty — A “yea” vote will add 50  points to the grade and a “nay” vote will subtract  50  points   from the grade.

Senator Mike Folmer’s bill to prohibit the Federal Government from mandating  and imposing  the very expensive “REAL ID” on Pennsylvania citizens.

HOUSE FISCAL NOTE ANALYSIS: This legislation would create a freestanding act entitled the REAL ID Non participation Act, which will prohibit the Governor, PennDOT, and any other Commonwealth agency from participating in the Federal REAL ID Act (P.L. 109-13). The bill also permits the Governor or the Attorney General to file an action in the appropriate court to challenge the constitutionality or legality of the REAL ID Act of 2005.

 FISCAL IMPACT: According to PennDOT, the cost to implement REAL ID would be in the range of $120 million to $140 million over several years with approximately $40 million to $50 million in annual operating costs.

The implementation costs are primarily for expansion and/or relocation of existing Driver License Centers and the build-out of additional Driver License Centers to handle the increased volume of customers. Implementation costs would also include public information, photo license technology changes and equipment, and hiring and training of site employees.


The annual costs are primarily the increased lease costs of the expanded and/or re-located Driver License Centers, site staffing costs, and increased product costs.


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