Independent Maine state legislator Ben Chipman cosponsoring anti-Real ID bill

From the Kennebec Journal:

AUGUSTA — Republicans, Democrats and the only independent in the Maine House are backing a renewed effort to reject a federal identification program that some consider too invasive.

Independent Rep. Ben Chipman of Portland is sponsoring L.D. 1068, which would prohibit the Secretary of State’s Office from using retinal scans, facial recognition or fingerprint technology to issue driver’s licenses…

Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers supports Chipman’s bill, saying the new driver’s licenses that he introduced recently “satisfy federal requirements and are accepted as valid ID in all states…

Chipman’s focus, and the intent of the MCLU, is to ensure that the secretary of state is barred from disseminating Social Security numbers without legislative authorization, and to prohibit the state from using retinal scans, facial recognition or fingerprint technology to issue licenses, Melnick said.

4 thoughts on “Independent Maine state legislator Ben Chipman cosponsoring anti-Real ID bill

  1. Starchild

    Glad to hear it! Down with “Real ID” fascism! Government should be accountable to the people, not the other way around!

    The more widespread the use of government-issued IDs, the more it enables them to control our lives, by tracking our purchases and movements and potentially by blacklisting certain IDs. Eventually they will be wanting to imbed electronic chips in our clothing and possessions or even under our skin.

  2. Gene Berkman

    It is interesting to see the widespread opposition to Real ID within state governments. In various state legislatures these bills have been co-sponsored by constitutionalist Republicans – many of them Ron Paul supporters – and liberal Democrats.

    Good to see Indie Rep Ben Chipman sponsoring this bill in Maine.

  3. TinFoilCap, Facemask & JockeyShorts to Match

    Ditto, Starchild !

    All must Stand against the New World Order !

    “The technetronic (sic? if even a word?) era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities.” – Zbigniew Brzezinski

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  4. Ross

    Ben Chipman has been a Green Party activist in the state for years. So, yeah, opposition is coming from many places.

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