The National Governors Association and the National Council of State Legislatures and the ACLU both issued press releases yesterday praising legislation introduced late last week by Sen. Akaka and Sen. Sununu (S. 4117) that would repeal Title II of the Real ID Act and restore Sec. 7212 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, language that established drivers license standards but was superceded by the REAL ID Act when the latter was attached to a wartime supplemental bill in March 2005.
This legislation is likely to reemerge early in the 110th Congress, perhaps as part of broader efforts to pass legislation that implements the 9/11 Commission recommendation. As I discuss on page 11 of the policy memo that I issued last week, Recommendation #18 from the 9/11 Commission on “secure identification” can be tackled either by providing new funding to accelerate the implementation of REAL ID as is, or alternatively, by revisiting its provisions in a way that accelerates efforts to strengthen ID standards.
Update (12/15): A good overview of this legislation at Information Week.