A House panel wants the state to snub the federal Real ID Act.
Testimony this morning equated the federal law aimed at creating uniform system of driver licenses to an unfunded federal mandate that infringes on state rights and raises privacy concerns.
After hearing that testimony, the House Government Operations Committee, opted unanimously to send to the full House HB449, which would prevent the state from complying with the 2005 act.
Last year, the Legislature approved a resolution urging Congress to delay or stop the act's implementation, said Rep. Glenn Donnelson, R-North Ogden, the bill's sponsor.
"It's an attack on our sovereignty as a state," Donnelson said.
Residents of states that refuse to comply with the law may find themselves unable to use a driver license to board an airplane or enter federal buildings. However, Donnelson said as the handful of states refusing to comply grows, "they'll change it so either we can live with it or bag it all together."
The final rules for complying were only recently released, and Nanette Rolfe, director of the Utah Driver License Division, said she's already filed for an extension until Dec. 31, 2009, which means the state's IDs will be valid for federal purposes until then. The state has the option of filing for another extension as well, she said. The division has not yet figured out how much it would actually cost the state to implement Real ID.
"Our plan is to review it this next year," Rolfe said. "If this law passes we won't do anything."