Why Missouri Is Behind On Real ID


Why Missouri Is Behind On Real ID

In about a year Missouri driver's licenses will be inadmissible for flights and at federal locations:

Missouri residents won't be able to use their driver's license as a form of ID at airports In just a little over a year. KOLR 10 reports that travelers will have to use a passport, even if flying domestic. One state lawmaker is trying to keep that from happening.

Missouri is not compliant with the real ID act. Federal agencies and military bases don't accept a Missouri issued ID. In 2018, airports won't either. That's why state representative Kevin Corlew has pre-filed house bill 151 which would allow Missourians to get an ID compliant with the federal act.

The Real Id Act was passed 2005. In 2009, a Missouri state law meant to protect the privacy of citizens, kept Missouri from complying with the federal act.

Why has Missouri not complied? I broke the story and covered why extensively three years ago: The Missouri Department of Revenue was colluding with DHS to create a backdoor firearm registry:

MO Sen. Kurt Schaefer explained on my program today that officials in last week's public hearings failed to disclose that the ATF was the federal entity who made the request for the CCW list, alongside the Department of Social Security. The ATF has not explained why they wanted this information, which by Missouri law, is illegal to share. "This request for the list was a joint request between the Department of Social Security and the ATF," explained Missouri State Senator Kurt Schaefer, who has spearheaded the investigation into this breach as head of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The ATF was never mentioned by the heads of the Department of Revenue (who resigned over this scandal), or the head of the Missouri Highway Patrol, or the DMV. It was only discovered by digging through documents Schaefer subpoenaed. "We were never told that the ATF was part of this request. Why does the ATF need a list of Missouri gun owners except to have a list of Missouri gun owners?" said Schaefer. "This isn't even a backdoor list, this is a front door list. There is a magical database and the taxpayers paid for it." It was discovered that the full list was sent to the Department and Social Security and ATF twice, at least, and Schaefer says it appears there was a third exchange. What's more, one of those exchanges consisted of a Missouri Department head dropping an unencrypted disc containing the state's full CCW list into an envelope, with a sheet of paper bearing the password, into an envelope and sending it through the USPS. "Those discs were not encrypted. It was an Excel list on the disc. The password was on a piece of paper in the envelope with the disc," said Schaefer.

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As I first told you earlier this week, the Department of Revenue has been working with the Department of Homeland Security in violation of several Missouri state statutes by implementing backdoor gun registration. Now the Missouri House is taking action against the DOR via Jay Barnes:

"Following a lawsuit and restraining order filed in Stoddard County about local drivers license fee officers scanning personal documents, Rep. Jay Barnes, R-60, chairman of the Government Oversight and Accountability committee, announced Tuesday that the committee intends to investigate this report and others across the state.

According to the press release, Barnes stated that Missouri residents expect information they disclose to remain confidential, and during the digital age it’s vital for legislators to protect citizens from unlawful releases of information.

Rep. Todd Richardson, R-152, sponsored House Bill 787 Tuesday that aims to prohibit the Department of Revenue from scanning personal documents and transferring them to out-of-state databases."

Yesterday I spoke with Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russ Oliver on my program. Oliver discussed how similar reports such as the one which sparked this investigation are being discovered all across the state. More from American Thinker. Did Gov. Nixon give the order?

Missouri lawmakers sounded the alarm over serious privacy concerns, which violated state law:

Current Missouri law, which passed in 2009 to protect privacy concerns of Missouri citizens, prohibits the Missouri Department of Revenue from complying with the federal act.

Lawmakers say many of the concerns have been addressed, but that further work is needed to protect Missourians and also satisfying the ever-growing requirements from the federal government. 

 

 


 


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