Scriber is a fan of AZ State Sen. Steve Farley. His Friends O'Farley email newsletters reveal much about how AZ Republicans (aka GOPlin idiotors) run the idioture (into the ditch). From his email yesterday, we learn some details about the bill mandating a more secure drivers license - and why it is stalled. (You might recall a previous post about this one. If we in AZ do not come up with better drivers licenses, we will not be allowed aboard airplanes unless we carry passports.)
Speaking of Speaker Gowan, the House he controls has not been assigning bills from people he doesn't like (from both parties) to committees until after committee hearing deadlines, thus assuring their death by nonassignment. His public information officer stated publicly that the Speaker would only advance bills "that advance the Republican agenda."
Another bill that was unassigned until March 16 and thus unheard was [Republican] Sen. Bob Worsley's SB1273 which would solve a huge problem that will strike us all next January. The federal government in 2005 enacted the Real ID act that mandates a more secure form of driver's license be implemented by states in order to be used as ID for federal purposes in response to the 9/11 attacks. The deadline for completion has been adjusted numerous times since then, but the final deadline is now January 1, 2016.
This is important -- so please share with your friends to make them aware. Arizona licenses are not currently compliant, even the new ones. If you try to use them as ID to board a plane after January 1, 2016, you will not be admitted. You will only be able to board with a passport or passport card. Worsley's bill would repeal a ban on these complaint IDs enacted by the Legislature in 2008 and allow Arizonans to get a compliant driver's license for $15 so we are ready.
The bill is being added as an amendment to SB1274 in House Approps tonight, and I sure hope it gets through, although Speaker Gowan is being coy about its chances in his public statements. It's not a bill he "loves".
So there you have it. One of our chief Idiotors is making us all more safe by creating AZ's own do-not-fly list. The thing of it is: we all are on that do-not-fly list.