The House of Representatives has passed tough new measures towards establishing a National Identification Card. The Senate is expected to go along, and President Bush will soon sign the measure into law. This means the lines at your local Department of Motor Vehicles are going to get longer. The House overwhelmingly passed this bill, ... it requires D.M.V.`s to confirm someone is in this country legally when they get a driver`s license. You`ll soon have to provide at least four forms of identification. Sponsors say this is an obvious long overdue fix that will prevent terrorists from getting a picture ID which allows them to do everything from boarding a plane, to opening a bank account, to buying a gun. Representative James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin, said, "these previsions will hamper the ability of terrorists and criminal aliens to move freely through our society." Privacy advocates are concerned the legislation comes too close to creating a National Identification Card, since all of the driver`s information will be entered into databases that will be linked nationwide. Tim Sparapani of ACLU, says, "this is one stop shopping for idenity thieves. They can go to one place and get all your information at one time." There is also the issue of money...some lawmakers say this saddles states with yet another federal requirement without enough funding to pay for it. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says, "whatever you think of the idea, understand what a burden it places on the states, and there is no money to match the mandate." The Senate is expected to pass the bill next week, as part of a supplemental funding bill for the war in Iraq and Tsunami Relief. States have three years to comply.
Adopt a Pet 5-17-2013
The Dothan Animal Shelter and Save a Pet need your help in placing lovable animals into good homes.
Two Dothan Men Arrested for Burglary
Ryan Rodriguez and Lamar Wade were arrested for breaking into a Dothan home.
Unedited: James Reading Seeks Another Term
Incumbent claims the city is in good shape.
Houston County Rabies Clinic Offered Saturday
If you've got pets you might want to take a look. You can get their rabies vaccination this weekend without even having to go to the vet....
WCSO Deputies Use Bike Patrol as Another Crime-Fighting Tool
The Walton County Sheriff's Office adds bike patrol to their department.
Students Get Fit Using Video Games
Working up a sweat in PE by playing video games? That's how Cloverdale Elementary Students are staying fit.
House Agriculture Committee Approves New Farm Bill
New five year bill includes cost savings and reforms.
Governor Rick Scott Announces Florida's 2012 Uniform Crime Report
Floridians are safer today than any time in the last 42 years.
Sessions Applauds Letter On Water Reservoirs
Senator Jeff Sessions issued a statement concerning the use of federal reservoirs.
Memorial Day Brings Lifesaving Seatbelt Warning
Click It or Ticket Launching to Remind All Motorists to Buckle Up