Missouri surrendering to Real ID Act
Secure driver's licenses and identification documents are a vital component of a holistic national security strategy. Law enforcement must be able to rely on government-issued identification documents and know that the bearer of such a document is who he or she claims to be. REAL ID is a coordinated effort by the states and the Federal Government to improve the reliability and accuracy of state-issued identification documents, which should inhibit terrorists' ability to evade detection by using fraudulent identification.
Several of the bill's critics latched onto the governor's comments, saying the state need not pass the bill until the new president has had time to act.But Corlew said the House vote had been delayed for a month to give the federal government time to act. It hasn't, he said, and there is no indication that Trump will ever call for changing the law."None of our congressional leaders have told us anything to suggest there is any movement on the Real ID issue," he said. "I can't find that Donald Trump in a public setting has ever even discussed the Real ID Act."Sen. Ryan Silvey, a Kansas City Republican, said it would be foolish to wait for the federal government to act.
By Arthur Schaper