CA REAL ID ACT INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE, STATE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN DUE THIS YEAR
SB 60, the California Real ID Act was introduced yesterday on the Senate floor. The bill was introduced and assigned a bill number; a reading of the bill is not scheduled until Thursday. Both are procedural steps in the legislative process as committee hearings are not scheduled to begin until later this Spring.
SB 60 will bring the state of California into compliance with the federal Real ID Act. As outlined by Cedillo it exceeds the minimum security standards prescribed by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and would be implemented once California's plan for Real ID has been approved by DHS.
"The Real ID Act came to be as a result of the 9/11 Commission's recommendations for improving national security. It is a pragmatic approach to identifying who is in this country, a necessary tool for our law enforcement agencies. It is a public safety proposal - improving national security, highway safety and increasing the number of insured drivers on our roads," remarked Cedillo. "I look forward to working with the Governor and the new leadership at the Department on this important issue. California can and should take a leadership role on this issue," he added.
Currently all states have been granted an extension for implementation which is set to expire in December 2009 at which time states must have a plan of action in place.