Two years ago state Sen. Andrew Maynard, D-Stonington, made an unsuccessful attempt to pass a bill preventing Connecticut from participating in the controversial federal Real ID program.
Yesterday state and federal officials held a press conference in Hartford promoting the Department of Motor Vehicles’ Oct. 3 launch of Real ID, which essentially creates a special driver’s license for easier access to planes and to some federal buildings.
I put in a call to Maynard to gauge his response.
“I’m not thrilled about it,” Maynard said.
The American Civil Liberties Union opposes Real ID and believes due to a lack of funding and because other states have opted out, the initiative will never actually get off of the ground.
Maynard said it was a Libertarian constituent who first brought the issue to his attention back in 2009.
“I’m not entirely given over to this hyper-security concern that’s sort of the aftermath of 9/11, but it is what we’re being asked to implement,” Maynard said. “The (DMV) Commissioner has agreed to set it up. I think it will be somewhat burdensome to our citizens.”
Maynard stressed participation remains an option.
“If you don’t want to do it, don’t,” Maynard said.
For more information, click here to visit the DMV’s website, here for a report on Real ID issued in March by Connecticut’s Office of Legislative Research, and here for more about opposition to Real ID.