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New Hampshire Protests Federal Real ID Law

May 2, 2006

CONCORD, NH – More than 100 people gathered on the State House lawn to oppose New Hampshire's participation in the Real ID Act, a system that would require motor vehicle officials to more thoroughly screen people applying for driver's licenses, issue licenses that contain anti-fraud precautions such as computer chips, and create a database with digital copies of drivers' birth certificates and other identifying documents, according to the Concord Monitor. Congress passed the Real ID Act last year, and New Hampshire and Kentucky were offered $3 million grants to test the program. All states must comply by 2008. But the New Hampshire House voted last month to refuse to do so, calling the program "contrary and repugnant" to the Constitution. Now it's up to the Senate to decide whether to take the federal grant money and overhaul the state's licensing system or not.
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