‘In a surprise move, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin vetoed a bill that would have set the state on the path toward compliance REAL ID. With the veto, the state will continue to refuse to implement the national identification system.
The Kentucky Senate passed SB245 by a 26-12 vote on March 22. The House approved the measure 59-40 on the final day of the legislative session. The bill would have created a new Kentucky driver’s license 100 percent in compliance with all requirements of the 2005 federal REAL ID Act.
President G.W. Bush signed REAL ID into law in 2005. It essentially coopts the states into creating a national ID system. The federal government has no constitutional authority to mandate a national ID.
Under the law, all 50 states were supposed comply with the federal law by 2009. But, states rebelled against REAL ID for several reasons, including privacy concerns and the fact that Congress didn’t provide any funding for the mandates it expects states to implement. Some states passed laws expressly prohibiting implementation of the act.
The federal government found coercing unwilling states wasn’t as easy as anticipated. Instead of forcing the issue, the feds issued waiver after waiver after waiver. At the beginning of this year, 28 states, including Kentucky, remained non-compliant, nullifying the national ID system in effect.‘