Mo. House passes bill that bars federal Real ID compliancee

The Missouri House has approved a bill sponsored that prohibits the state from complying with the federal Real ID Act, which sets national standards for data included on state driver’s licenses and requires states to build and share databases containing licensees’ personal information.

The new requirements will go into effect nationally on May 11, although Missouri, Kansas and other states have won extensions through 2009. Residents of states that do not comply with the act could be barred from boarding airplanes and entering secure places such as federal buildings.

The sponsor of the Missouri bill, Republican Rep. Jim Guest, thinks the mandate is a grave threat to privacy.

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