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Maine Rejects Federally Mandated ID Cards 621

WebHostingGuy writes "The State of Maine rejected the federally mandated ID cards passed by Congress. In a non-partisan vote the legislature flatly stated that they would not force its citizens to use driver's licenses that comply with digital ID standards, which were established under the 2005 Real ID Act. It also asked Congress to repeal the law."
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Maine Rejects Federally Mandated ID Cards

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  • by dj245 ( 732906 ) on Friday January 26, 2007 @12:08AM (#17763560) Homepage
    I didn't vote any of them in, but they did the right thing. For once.

    The exponentially increasing transportation budget for side roads that get repaved with increasing frequency is another matter entirely. Oh and that whole laptop for children thing. Yes, I am a Maine resident. Like many young people, I'm out of here as soon as I graduate. Soon Maine will be come a state of elderly crotchety people, just like Florida, but without the beaches and spring break crowds.
  • Amusing (Score:3, Funny)

    by Dachannien ( 617929 ) on Friday January 26, 2007 @12:10AM (#17763578)
    It amuses me that the link "non-partisan vote" in the OP goes to a page whose title is "The Maine Senate Democrats".

  • by Compulawyer ( 318018 ) on Friday January 26, 2007 @12:35AM (#17763866)
    Actually it is. Maine was the northern part of Massachusetts (which is a Commonwealth). Massachusetts doesn't recognize that Maine broke away and considers Portland and Kennebunkport to merely be suburbs of Boston.
  • Great... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Jeremiah Cornelius ( 137 ) * on Friday January 26, 2007 @02:44AM (#17765068) Homepage Journal
    Norway outlaws iTunes, and Maine outlaws RealID.

    Now I can't decide WHERE to move! Can sombody outlaw something wicked in a place that doesn't have winter?
  • by 140Mandak262Jamuna ( 970587 ) on Friday January 26, 2007 @08:43AM (#17766832) Journal
    Yup, just sock the brain with enough alcohol to knock out an elephant before its development is complete, and then you wonder how these half-naked fakirs [*] are overtaking your economy. []

    [*] before you mod me troll, that was what Sir Winston Churchill called a guy named Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

  • by Digz ( 90264 ) on Friday January 26, 2007 @09:28AM (#17767244)
    Egads, I've been that American.. :)

    Back in the days of yore, when I was a wee lad of 18, a couple friends of mine had met some ladies from Canada on a MUSE (yeah, it was the days of yore). Naturally, we scheduled a road trip to Toronto to physically meet them. We arrived at the hotel, they showed up with some Molson XXX and neglected to mention that its alcohol content was twice what we were used to. Being the young strapping college lad that I was, I immediately embarked on a mission to down four as quickly as I could (i.e., in about 10 minutes).

    Half an hour later I was in the bathroom trying to conceal the sounds of my sudden alcohol content revelation.

    About 2 in the morning, one of my buddies starts shaking me awake. "I think I'm gonna be... BLARGH!!" All over my shirt.

    I learned my lesson, though, and was much better prepared for my next trip. ;) (The first night of that trip consisted of 38 draft Labatt Blues, a shared 16 pack of Molson from the beer store, and two shared pitchers of something I don't remember anymore at another bar).
  • by iminplaya ( 723125 ) on Friday January 26, 2007 @10:58AM (#17768506) Journal
    All right! Daniel Carver posting on Shashdot. "Wake up, Waaht Peeple." Looks like I'm not the only one getting nailed by mods with no sense of humor. Gotta find a way to weed 'em out.

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