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Calif. plan to ban radio tags in IDs clears hurdle

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  1. rick_reno

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    Calif. plan to ban radio tags in IDs clears hurdle
    Published: June 28, 2005, 3:34 PM PDT
    By Alorie Gilbert
    Staff Writer, CNET News.com

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    A California bill that would temporarily prohibit the use of tiny radio devices in driver's licenses and other state-issued forms of identification won approval on Tuesday from the the State Assembly's Judiciary Committee in a 6-3 vote along party lines. The bill, SB 682, moves next to a floor vote in the Assembly, which last year derailed a proposal for restrictions on the conmmercial use of such devices, also known as radio frequency identification, or RFID, chips.

    California Sen. Joe Simitian, a Democrat from Palo Alto, introduced the bill, called the Identity Information Protection Act of 2005, in February following public outcry over a Sutter County school's plan to outfit elementary students with ID badges containing RFID chips. The Senate approved the bill in May. It has since been signficantly amended, replacing the permanent ban with a 3-year "time-out" and allowing immediate use of the technology in certain cases.
     
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    Since REAL ID was signed, if the fed.gov decides it wants RFID and CA still wants federal money, they will have no choice. Feds have already shown that their laws trump states' rights, just like with medical marijuana.
     
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    While CA might want the money badly enough to roll over, other states might not be so bribable. What are the Feds going to do when, say, Montana says "screw you, and your chequebook too?"

    What will happen when the people of that state hear what the state has done, and realize that their Federal taxes are leaving the state, not to return?
     
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    Good. I am still trying to understand why the Repubs did not vote for this.
     
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    I would welcome the halt of federalist expansionism, but I'm afraid the states are addicted to the money now.
     
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